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Latics travel to South Wales for midweek clash

I preview Wigan's midweek trip to Cardiff in an attempt to gain the first 3 points of the season.

Stu Forster

In what has been a tough start to the season for Uwe Rosler's side, they now face their 3rd game in 7 days in one of the more tougher games that they will play this season. The players will surely hope to silence the early stage critics by coming back with a much needed 3 points.

The last time these two teams met was last season. Wigan overcame the "Bluebirds" 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round. Chris McCann opened the scoring for the Latics with a well placed finish before Frazier Campbell put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side back on level terms but Ben Watson claimed the winner for Wigan to set them up with the memorable quarter final clash with Man City with a wonder trike from 35 yards off a worked free kick. Wigan's scalp over the Ex-Premier League side set them on their to a 4th trip to Wembley in 12 months only to be cruelly knocked out by eventul winners Arsenal via a penalty shoot out.

Wigan will be looking for their second win in South Wales in 6 months to claim their first victory of the season. Latics have endured a tough start to the season to say the least with various players having under performed against Reading and Charlton respectively but the 45 year old will look to motivate his players and inject some passion and intensity to his side to kick start their promotion campaign before the gap between his side and the top 6 let alone goes from a gap in a fence to a gaping chasm.

Cardiff City meanwhile remain unbeaten in the Championship along with 9 other sides. They currently lie in third behind the 100% starts of Ian Holloway's Millwall and Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. There will be a keen feeling for revenge around the Cardiff City Stadium after the cup upset in February despite the stature of the Wigan's scalp. The Cardiff City faithful will have felt they should have beat the then defenders of the FA Cup so naturally they will want to restore some sort of pride tomorrow night.

Team News:

Cardiff: New signings Anthony Pilkington and Sean Morrison from Norwich and Reading respectively could make their debuts for their new clubs in midfield and defence.

Wigan: Skipper Emmerson Boyce could return to the starting 11 after missing the cup defeat at Burton last week and the crushing late loss at Charlton on Saturday. Shaun Maloney and James Tavernier could be brought into the starting 11 after James Perch struggled on Saturday and a lack of attacking prowess.

Odds (PaddyPower):

Cardiff: 13/10 (fav)

Draw: 23/10

Wigan: 21/10