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Wigan prepare to host struggling Blackpool in a bid to gain their first 3 points of the season.

Stu Forster

In what has already become a must win for Wigan, they face the perfect opportunity to gain their first 3 points of the season and kick start their promotion campaign. Last time these two sides met, Blackpool came away surprise victors as goals from Andy Keogh and Steven Dobbie gave the Seasiders all 3 points gifting Blackpool a great chance of staying up.

Wigan's tough start to the campaign continued on Tuesday night as they came away with nothing from South South Wales as a Nicky Maynard goal gave the Bluebirds all 3 points after a promising first half performance but a very sub standard second. Wigan's lack of goals was again the handicap for Uwe Rosler's side as it was against Charlton 7 days ago. Wigan find themselves above the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of Bolton, Fulham and Blackpool. Uwe Rosler's side have back to back home games and an away trip to Blackburn most will be hoping for at least 5 points as they face Birmingham in that time. Rosler has been hinting towards a new striker this week but is yet to release any information on who it is. A proven goal scorer will be a heavy burden of everyone's back who is linked with Wigan Athletic and could finally give Uwe Rosler's side the much needed boost.

Blackpool meanwhile have finally gathered a 25 man squad after only having 15 players for their opening game at Nottingham Forest 2 weeks ago. Jose Riga admitted that it would be a difficult start for Blackpool but still insists that his side can compete in this league despite the internal tension between the club and chairmen Karl Oyston. Riga holds a very creditable record of never being relegated and will hope that record will be in tact come next May. It is a much needed 3 points for each team but both know that they will have to play well to get it.

Team News:

Wigan: Shaun Maloney is hopeful he can return to the first team picture after missing the midweek defeat at Cardif through illness whilst Oriol Riera is hopeful of a start after a poor showng by Marc Antoine Fortune at Charlton and Cardiff.

Blackpool: New signing Jose Cubero is set to miss out after failing to gain international clearance in time to be registered. Gary MacKenzie, Tony Barkhuisen and Bobby Grant have yet to feature for Blackpool this season due to knee injuries.

Odds (Paddy Power):

Wigan: 2/5

Draw:  7/2

Blackpool: 8/1