The Latics host the Canaries at the DW Stadium.
Not for the first time Wigan finds themselves fighting to stay in the Premier League, needing a series of wins to escape the bottom three. Victory here will bring them closer to fourth-from-bottom Aston Villa. However, the last time the two sides met Norwich beat the Latics 2-1 at Carrow Road. With five draws in their last seven matches Norwich are also in need of a win to keep them clear of the relegation dogfight. Norwich still have to play against four more of the bottom six teams, so could yet be dragged into it. (Guardian)
Venue DW Stadium , today 3pm
Referee H Webb
This season’s matches 23 Y82, R2, 3.65 cards per game
Subs from Habsi, Jones, Henríquez, McManaman, Espinoza, Fyvie, Stam, López, Dicko, Golobart, Caldwell
Doubtful McManaman (ankle)
Injured Crusat (knee, unknown), Miyaichi (ankle, season), Politt (thigh, unk), Ramis (knee, season), Watson (shin, unknown)
Form guide WLWLDD
Disciplinary record Y48 R2
Leading scorer Koné 9
Subs from Rudd, Whittaker, Fox, Jackson, Becchio, Barnett, Tierney, Murphy, Tettey, Kamara
Doubtful Martin (hamstring)
Injured Ruddy (hip, 13 April), Surman (knee, unknown), Pilkington (hamstring, 6 April), R Bennett (knock, unknown)
Suspended Bunn (one of one)
Form guide DDLWDD
Disciplinary record Y43 R1
Leading scorer Holt 5
Wigan’s only victory in eight league and cup meetings with Norwich came in their first-ever meeting, a 1-0 win in the
FA Cup in January 1987.
Three of their five league meetings have been 1-1 draws, with Norwich winning the other two.
Despite beating Newcastle at the DW Stadium last time out, Wigan have the joint-worst home record in the top flight; they and QPR both have 13 points from 15 games.
Wigan have gone 16 Premier League home games without a clean sheet – they are the only top-flight club yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season.
In 2013, Wigan have scored more than twice as many league goals as Norwich (13:5) despite having played a match fewer.
Wigan’s Paul Scharner could make his 200th start in English club football.
The Canaries have won just one of their last 13 league matches (W1, D6, L6).
Norwich have not won any of their last six away league matches (D2, L4).
They have drawn a league-high 13 matches in this season’s Premier League, six of them 0-0.
Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson could make his 200th career league start.