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Wigan face Birmingham in second consecutive home game

I preview Birmingham's visit to Wigan as Wigan attempt to push on to climb up the table.

Matthew Lewis

Last time these two sides faced each other Wigan sealed their place in last year's play-offs with a 1-0 win at St. Andrews through a well placed finish from Callum McManaman. Birmingham found themselves in a serious relegation scrap after the game and relied on a 90th Minute Paul Caddis header to keep the Blues from relegation.

It's still early doors for both teams and both teams find themselves in average positions. Uwe Rosler and his side will have to refocus for the game ahead after the James McArthur saga to hopefully get another 3 points on the board. Uwe Rosler knows that Birmingham can cause problems for other sides despite their poor season last season when he had this to say:

"It's a completely new team compared to the team we faced in May, a lot of new players, a lot of familiar faces like Clayton Donaldson who I have a lot of time for."

"There's a lot of pace, mobility, and directness up front, it's a typical good organised Championship outfit"

" We know what we will face but the main focus will be again on ourselves on how we can approach the game and look in a similar fashion like we did against Blackpool."

Birmingham find themselves mid-table with 5 points, Lee Clark's side claimed a very impressive win over Brighton for their first 3 points of the season and will look to capitalize on Wigan's poor start to the season and look to repeat a similar performance that they displayed last season at the DW where Uwe Rosler felt they were "the better side".

It will be a hard earned 3 points should a victor emerge this afternoon and 3 points will be a very beneficial gift going into the international break.

Odds (Paddy Power)

Wigan: 8/11 (fav)

Draw: 13/5

Birmingham: 4/1