Can Reading build on their first win of the season against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium? This preview was originally published on fanatix.
Wigan Athletic host Reading FC this weekend, with the away side buoyant after grabbing their first win of the season against Everton.
The Latics are an inconsistent lot though, and vary from whipping boys one week to world beaters the next.
Which Wigan side will show up against Reading?
Venue DW Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Howard Webb
This season’s matches 8 Y33, R2, 4.38 cards per game
Odds Wigan 10-11 Reading 3-1 Draw 13-5
Subs from Pollitt, Gómez, Boselli, McManaman, Golobart, López, Miyaichi, Redmond, Orsula, Fyvie,
Doubtful Di Santo (calf), Miyaichi (ankle)
Injured Alcaraz (groin, 3 Dec), Caldwell (hamstring, 3 Dec), Crusat (knee, 3 Dec), McArthur (dead leg, 3 Dec), Watson (broken leg, Jan)
Form guide LLWWLD
Disciplinary record Y23 R1
Leading scorer Koné 4
Subs from S Taylor, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Cummings, Hunt, Kébé, Mariappa, Obita, J Taylor, Edwards
Doubtful Kébé (hamstring)
Injured Guthrie (thigh, 1 Dec), McCarthy (shoulder, 1 Dec), Karacan (knee, 22 Dec)
Form guide WDDDLD
Disciplinary record Y19 R2
Leading scorer Le Fondre 3
The home side has won three of the four previous Premier League encounters between the two sides. The exception was the goalless draw at the DW Stadium on their last meeting in April 2008.
Wigan have won only two of their last 12 league meetings with Reading.
Reading have only ever won on two of 17 previous league trips to Wigan, in 2002 and 2003.
The Latics have been beaten in their last two league games and lost seven games this season – only the bottom two of QPR and Southampton have lost more.
Roberto Martinez’s men have won only once at the DW Stadium this season (v West Ham).
Two of the Latics’ three league wins this term have come against last season’s promoted clubs.
Only QPR (12) have conceded more league goals at home this season than Wigan (11).
The Royals are unbeaten in four league matches (W1, D3).
Last weekend’s victory over Everton was their first in the Premier League since a 4-0 away win over Derby in May 2008.
Reading are looking to secure back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since March 2008 (v Middlesbrough and Manchester City).
Brian McDermott’s side have conceded more goals in the final 30 minutes of matches than any other top-flight team this season (13).