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Wigan host promotion rivals Ipswich Town

I preview Wigan's Monday game against Ipswich as they search for their first win in 3 games.

Michael Steele

Last time out, Wigan played out a 0-0 draw with Chris Powell's Huddersfield Town in a game where Latics' had the majority of possession, a whole host of chances but were unable to convert one. Uwe Rosler and WIgan Athletic will attempt to gain their first 3 points in 3 games as the Latics continue to struggle in these early stages of the season.

The previous meeting between these 2 teams saw Wigan take all 3 points away from Portman Road thanks to a brace from James McClean and a header from Leon Barnett that saw Wigan beat Monday's visitors 3-1 after Tommy Smith but The Tractor Boys ahead. It's a needed 3 points for both sides as they attempt to stay within arm's length of the early pace setters Nottingham Forest and Norwich City.

Uwe Rosler's side haven't had much luck as of late with the 0-0 at Huddersfield on Tuesday and Callum McManaman's clear penalty being turned down eventually leading to the former Everton man being booked for simulation. After seemingly being branded as a diver by the local media, Uwe Rosler addressed the media defending McManaman when he had this to say to BBC Radio Manchester:

"People try to give Callum a reputation.

"Defenders in the final third clearly have a problem handling him and obviously they try get in the ear of the referee."

The winger has started strongly this season, netting four times in seven Championship appearances so far, which is the same number of goals that he managed in 44 matches last term.

McManaman will look to play a part in Monday's tie as Wigan attempt to kick start their promotion campaign and gather some steam to pave a way back into the Premier League.

Ipswich meanwhile are where they always seem to, lurking outside the play-offs. Mick McCarthy's side are currently 10th 2 points outside of the top 6th and have a great opportunity against a lack-lustre WIgan side to gain a valuable 3 points against a fellow promotion hopeful. The Tractor Boys continued a very impressive home record when they beat Sami Hyypia's Brighton side making it back to back wins for Mick McCarthy's side. A very strong team this season.


Team News:

Wigan Athletic: Uwe Rosler revealed that Ben Watson has started to join in with first team activities following his leg break in February whilst James McClean could return to the first team after featuring as a second half substitute in the 0-0 against Huddersfield Town.

Ipswich: Midfielder Cameron Stewart is unlikely to feature after picking up a knee injury. He will have a scan later today whilst 20 year old striker Jack Marriot returned from his month long loan at Carlisle and could feature for the Tractor Boys.

Odds (Paddy Power):

Wigan: 23/20 (fav)

Draw: 23/10

Ipswich: 12/5