Not for the first time this weekend, this is another game which doesn’t exactly have the wow heading. However, there is definitely the chance of an upset at the DW Stadium and while Palace will approach the clash sat a division higher than their opponents, Uwe Rosler’s Wigan side will be hoping to continue their recent good form.
Of course, when we speak about good form for Wigan, it relates to their results before their last match against Doncaster. Despite approaching that game on the back of an eight game unbeaten run, Rosler’s side completely floundered and were thrashed in 3-0 fashion. It would be fair to say that the result shocked the Championship and caused a setback in Wigan’s playoff aims. Now, the club sit in 11th place, although a top six finish certainly isn’t out of the question as just five points separate them from Reading in 6th. That loss to Doncaster happened to be Rosler’s first whilst in charge of the Latics, so it now remains to be seen just how they will respond.
If we now turn to Crystal Palace, it’s clear that the Eagles have also experienced a resurgence over recent weeks. In some ways, they are in a similar position to Wigan and seem to be reaping the rewards of changing a manager midway through the season as well. Whether or not Tony Pulis wants to contend with the FA Cup remains to be seen, although he will always vigorously deny otherwise following his exploits in the competition with former club Stoke. One cannot deny that the cup does cause something of a distraction though and this is something that Palace really don’t need as they sit two points above the drop zone. Recent form suggests that they have every chance of taking something from this game and progressing to the next round of the competition in the process though, with the club winning three of their last six games.
As for team news, Wigan are tipped to rest Nick Powell who has been struggling with a minor knock over the past week. It’s a similar story for another loan player, with the Latics also not risking Josh McEachran who is attempting to build-up his fitness before being thrust into first team action. Crystal Palace arrive with even more concerns, with the likes of Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Kagisho Dikacoi and Jerome Thomas all on the treatment table. However, it’s not all bad for the visitors, with Paddy McCarthy in contention following a groin injury.
This is one of the more difficult games to predict, but we have the feeling that Wigan will put last Saturday’s defeat to Doncaster behind them. The Latics have looked almightily impressive under Uwe Rosler and with Crystal Palace having one eye on the league, our tip is going to be a 2-1 victory for home side Wigan.