Wigan v Aston Villa – Match preview and team news

This should have provided a barnstorming end to the relegation battle where a Wigan victory would have kept them up and sent Aston Villa down at their expense.

However, despite their miraculous and deserved FA Cup win over Manchester City last Saturday, Premier League defeats to Swansea and then more comprehensively at Arsenal have Tuesday sealed the Latics’ fall into the Championship eight seasons in the top flight.

Roberto Martinez now faces speculation over his future as he weighs up whether to remain at the club that he so holds so dearly to his heart but he insists that his sole focus is on leaving the Premier League with a final-day victory over Villa.

The Spaniard will be without forward Callum McManaman, whose electric showing at Wembley last week captured the imagination of the British public, after suffering ankle ligament damage against Arsenal, an injury that rules him out of the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships in Israel this summer.

Elsewhere, Jean Beausejour hopes to return from a hamstring problem but Maynor Figueroa (groin), Ronnie Stam (ankle), Ivan Ramis (knee) and Albert Crusat (knee) remain absent for Wigan’s Premier League curtain-call.

For Aston Villa, it is job done for Paul Lambert after successfully keeping his young side in the division after a good second half of the season.

However, the Scot will be without star striker Christian Benteke for the trip to the DW Stadium, who is serving a one-match ban for his red card against Chelsea last week. His absence means Darren Bent could be given a rare start in what could be his final appearance as an Aston Villa player.

Elsewhere, Matthew Lowton could return following a thigh problem, while Karim El Ahmadi is also in contention after recovering from a thigh injury of his own.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Wigan v Aston Villa

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