Aston Villa take on the Latics in this relegation six pointer.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: “I cannot let two defeats distract from what we are trying to build.”
Nathan Baker is the latest to be ruled out after he was forced off with a hamstring problem just before half-time in a 4-0 Boxing Day defeat at home to Tottenham. Baker joins captain Ron Vlaar (calf), Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh), Charles N’Zogbia (knee), Darren Bent (hamstring), Richard Dunne (groin) and Andreas Weimann (calf) on the sidelines.
Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Benteke, Bowery, Burke, Johnson, Williams.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez: “Whoever visits Villa Park has to be at their best to win.”
Franco di Santo is among those who will come into contention. The game might come too soon for defender Ivan Ramis though, who is still to make an appearance after suffering a hamstring injury at the end of last month, and is likely to be on the bench at best.
Wigan Athletic (from): Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones, Maloney, McCarthy, McCarthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Boselli, Kone, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.
Referee: Kevin Friend; Assistants: J Flynn, D England; Fourth official: H Webb.
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Lowton, Clark, Herd, Bennett
Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan
Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa,
Stam, Jones, McCarthur, Beausejour
Kone, Di Santo
Wigan have only lost one of seven league games away at Aston Villa (W3, D3, L1).
That defeat came on their last trip to Villa Park, a 2-0 loss on 1 October 2011.
Villa have equalled an unwanted Premier League record by conceding 12 goals in the space of two games. The last time
Villa conceded 12 goals in consecutive top-flight matches was in August 1958.
They have not lost three successive Premier League games in a single season since December 2010.
The 4-0 defeat to Tottenham matched their worst home loss in the Premier League. Arsenal and Blackburn won by the same scoreline in 1995 and 1997 respectively.
Another defeat would equal Villa’s record number of league losses in a calendar year (18, set in 1994 and 1999).
Wigan have lost five and drawn one of their last six Premier League games.
They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine top-flight games, conceding two or more goals in eight of those matches.
The Latics have conceded the opening goal in 13 Premier League games this season, losing 12 of those matches.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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