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Latics face second trip to Hillsborough

Wigan travel to Sheffield Wednesday as they look to take advantage in one of their games in hand on their promotion chasing rivals.

Matthew Lewis

Officially this is the first meeting between the two sides this season but I'm sure the majority of you will remeber the attempted tie back in December when James McClean gave the Latics' the lead midway through the first half after charging down a clearance, Uwe Rosler was set for his second win in charge of Latics after the 3-2 win against relegation contenders Bolton Wanderers. Although the continuous torrential rainfall in Sheffield meant that referee Keith Stroud had to abandon the game 69 minutes in as the pitch became unplayable with standing water meaning that the ball was unable to run on the pitch, Nick Powell missed a sitter due to a miss kick that would have never happened if the pitch wasn't water logged but after the game both manages respected the referee's decision and decided it was for the best.

This is the first league meeting between these two sides as the only two previous meeting were in the FA Cup with both sides winning once but Sheffield Wednesday claiming there victory at Hillsborough. Stuart Gray's side are the team to beat at the moment having not been beaten in 11 winning 6 of those ties, the Owls find themselves 9 points clear of the relegation zone in 17th, a massive improvement from when the sides met in December. The Owls coming off an impressive 2-0 victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Stuart Gray will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run to 12 with 3 points against Latics.

However, Uwe Rosler will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing performance at Huddersfield on Saturday where a below par performance resulted in an Adam Clayton drive stealing the points from Wigan in the dying moments of the game. Wigan still only possess 2 league defeats under the German although the FA Cup holders away form will be a cause for concern particularly ahead of the trip to South Wales to face Cardiff in the FA Cup. The Latics' haven't scored in their last 3 away games and only scoring 1 in their last 4 league games, Wigan's record in front of goal has been a problem all season, Martyn Waghorn has been brought in to address this issue and looked lively against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, one would hope he can net his debut goal tonight.

Team News:

Sheffield Wednesday- Glenn Loovens could feature after overcoming a hamstring injury but Oguchi Onyewu, Red Johnson, Martin Taylor and Kami Zayatte all remain out with their respective injuries.

Wigan Athletic- Nick Powell still remains Wigan's great cause for concern as the Manchester United loanee is still nursing a hamstring problem but there are no new injury concerns for Uwe Rosler.

Wigan know they will have to put in a performance similar to Derby and Reading if they want to come away from South Yorkshire with the 3 points whilst Uwe Rosler expects a completely different Sheffield Wednesday he faced in December when being interviewed by the Club Website:

Odds: (Paddy Power)

Sheffield Wednesday- 8/5

Draw- 23/10

Wigan- 8/5

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