Roberto Martinez’s side take on the Saints in a relegation six pointer.
The returning Paul Scharner is likely to go straight into the Wigan starting lineup as Roberto Martínez’s injury problems in defence show little sign of abating. With Arouna Koné at the Africa Cup of Nations and Mauro Boselli out on another loan spell, the home side look short of cover in attack as well. Southampton, with two defeats in their past seven Premier League away matches – at Anfield and Old Trafford, both times by a single goal – can be expected to push Wigan’s already stretched resources to the limit.
Venue DW Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 16 Y53, R0, 3.31 cards per game
Odds Wigan 5-4 Southampton 5-2 Draw 12-5
Subs from Robles, Jones, Henríquez, Gómez, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart, Mustoe, Redmond, Dicko, Stam, Orsula
Doubtful Boyce (hamstring), Fyvie (calf)
Injured Alcaraz (groin, 9 Feb), Pollitt (thigh, 16 Feb), López (hamstring, 23 Feb), Miyaichi (ankle, 23 Feb), Watson (broken leg, 23 Aug), Ramis (knee, Oct), Crusat (knee, unknown)
Unavailable Koné (international duty)
Form guide DLDLWL
Disciplinary record Y42 R2
Leading scorer Koné 6
Subs from K Davis, Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, S Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez, Lee, Richardson, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves, De Ridder, Chambers, Butterfield
Injured Do Prado (knee, 9 Feb), Fonte (knee, 24 Feb)
Form guide LDDWDD
Disciplinary record Y23 R0
Leading scorer Lambert 10
The two clubs have only met twice before: an FA Cup fourth-round tie in January 1986, which Southampton won 3-0, and Wigan’s 2-0 victory at St Mary’s in August.
That was Southampton’s first home match in the top flight for seven years, but goals from Franco Di Santo and Arouna
Kone gave the Latics their first win of the season.
No Premier League side has conceded the first goal of the game on more occasions than Wigan Athletic this season (16).
Wigan have won more points away (11) from home than they have at the DW Stadium (nine) this campaign.
The Latics have managed just one win in their last 11 matches.
Against Manchester United on Wednesday, Southampton lost for the first time in seven Premier League games.
They had 20 shots – which is four more than any other away team has managed at Old Trafford this season and the most since Manchester City’s 6-1 win in October 2011.
The Saints have thrown away a league-high 22 points from winning positions this season.
Southampton 9/4 to win: Wigan Vs Southampton betting