Wigan welcome a Reading side to the DW Stadium that will be high on confidence following their first victory of the season at home to high-flying Everton last week.
Indeed, Brian McDermott’s visitors will fancy their chances of three points against a Wigan side that currently lie only two points above them and have struggled at home this season, collecting only one victory from six matches.
Roberto Martinez’ men will also not be helped by a raft of injuries that have hit the club in recent weeks, leaving them without the services of first-team regulars Ben Watson, Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz and James McArthur, as well as Albert Crusat. Additionally, Franco Di Santo and on-loan Arsenal wideman Ryo Miyaichi are also struggling for fitness after suffering knocks in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool last week.
Reading could have Jimmy Kebe available for selection after he returned to training this week following a groin injury. Kebe has been joined by Danny Guthrie, Jem Karacan and first-choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, though the trip to Wigan comes too soon for them to be considered for selection.
Interestingly, the two sides met back in May 2005 when a 3-1 Wigan victory secured promotion for Paul Jewell’s men into the Premier League for the first time in their history.