Returning from a tough game at Griffin Park, Wigan will be keen to get the season back on track and rediscover the form that brought about two wins and a draw from the opening three home games.
Hull City find themselves in 17th place after a solid 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Ipswich. It’s all relative at this stage of the season though, with newly promoted Wigan much happier in tenth place, but in reality, only three points ahead.
Wigan boss, Paul Cook, rested first-choice striker Will Grigg for the last match against Brentford after the Northern Irishman was away on international duty. The change up to playing James Vaughan at the top didn’t really work for the Latics though and Grigg is expected to regain his place in the starting line-up.
Another change to the Wigan eleven will see captain Sam Morsy replaced in midfield after his controversial red against Brentford. Cook did say that the club would consider appealing the decision, but it is unlikely that they will in the short space of time remaining. Darren Gibson is the obvious replacement as the Irishman returns from hamstring problem. Gibson impressed in the opening games and comes back into the fold just in time to cover for the Captain. Should Cook not want to risk Gibson so soon after returning from injury though, Callum Connolly may drop in next to Lee Evans.
Wigan fans have also been desperate to see the return of defensive pair Dan Burn and Nathan Byrne. New additions Reece James and Cedric Kipre have both fared relatively well in the opening games but a return to the back line that was strongest in the football league last season would surely give the side more confidence. Dan Burn has been recovering from a foot injury and is due beck “very soon” according to Paul Cook while Nathan Byrne has made the bench in recent weeks but is yet to see the starting XI in the league.
On the flanks there has been good and bad news for the Latics. The return of Michael Jacobs will surely boost the side after his two goal heroics on the opening day. On the flip side, Gavin Massey has been ruled out until the end of the calendar year after undergoing surgery on his hamstring. Fans have also been eager to see more of Callum McManaman whose fitness often holds him back but must surely be getting close to a start, particularly with three games in the space of six days.
Expected XI (4-4-2):
Byrne Dunkley Kipre Robinson
Evans Gibson Conolly Jacobs
Wigan 2-1 Hull City
Hull will be bouncing after their 2-0 win over Ipswich, but Wigan have to be looking at this as a game to win, with the game being sandwiched between matches against Brentford and Bristol City, both of whom are looking like promotion candidates.
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