Two sides who have amongst the worst recent form in the Premier League meet at Villa Park on Saturday, desperate to use their opponents’ plight to kick-start their own season.
Aston Villa come into this clash on the back of two heavy defeats; 8-0 against Chelsea, and 4-0 versus Tottenham on Boxing Day. There were signs of a revival for Paul Lambert’s side when they defeated Norwich and Liverpool in two consecutive games previous, but the disappointing start to the Christmas period means three points at home to fellow strugglers Wigan is a must if they will keep away from the relegation zone.
Wigan meanwhile have gone six games without a victory, and only picked up the one solitary draw in that time too. Four consecutive defeats on the road mean Roberto Martinez’s side will have to upset the odds if they are to take anything from their visit.
If Villa are to turn their form around, they will have to do it without a number of first team players. Gabby Agbonlahor, Ron Vlaar, Darren Bent, Richard Dunne and Andreas Weimann are all out injured, while Nathan Baker is added to that list for Saturday’s fixture. Fabian Delph misses out through suspension.
Wigan have Ivan Ramis back available for selection, while Adrian Lopez, Albert Crusat, Ryo Miyaichi, Ben Watson and Antolin Alcaraz are all still unavailable through injury.