Reading v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 21 December 2013, kick off 3.00pm
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Wigan Athletic will play their third game in six days this Saturday when they travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on one of the league's promotion contenders. Latics did the double over Reading last season scoring six goals in the process which included a perfect hat-trick by Jordi Gomez in the 3-2 win at the DW Stadium just over 12 months ago.
With the news that Ali Al Habsi was fit enough to take up a place on the bench at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, there could be a whole new level of competition for the 'keepers jersey with Scott Carson currently in pole position. The manager is also expected to continue to refresh his squad with several players rested for the midweek game.
Reading's Danny Guthrie is set to return from suspension after missing last weekend's 1-0 win at Huddersfield.
Midfielder Chris Baird (ankle) will also be in contention but the Royals are still without defenders Wayne Bridge and Sean Morrison (both knee).
Head to Head
It's not quite neck and neck between Latics and Reading. From the previous 38 meetings, all of which have been league encounters, Latics have a very slight edge with 15 wins to Reading's 14. [Click here] to see out full head to head record.
Reading (P6, W3, D2, L1)
Sat 14 Dec - Championship - Huddersfield (A) - W0-1
Sat 07 Dec - Championship - Bournemouth (H) - L1-2
Tue 03 Dec - Championship - Charlton (H) - W1-0
Fri 28 Nov - Championship - Nottm Forest (A) - W2-3
Sat 23 Nov - Championship - Blackburn (A) - D0-0
Sat 09 Nove - Championship - QPR (H) - D1-1
Wigan Athletic (P6, W2, D0, L4)
Sun 15 Dec - Championship - Bolton (H) - W3-2
Sat 07 Dec - Championship - Millwall (A) - L2-1
Wed 04 Dec - Championship - Leeds (A) - L2-0
Sun 01 Dec - Championship - Derby (H) - L1-3
Sat 23 Nov - Championship - Brighton (H) - L0-1
Sun 10 Nov - Championship - Yeovil (A) - W0-1
Last League Line Ups
Reading (v Huddersfield (A) W0-1): McCarthy, Gunter, Gorkss, Pearce, Cummings, McAnuff, Drenthe (McCleary, 71), Williams, Obita (Akpan, 80), Sharp (Blackman, 72), Pogrebnyak.
Subs not used: Federici, Le Fondre, Kelly, Robson-Kanu.
Wigan Athletic (v Sheff Weds (A) Match Abandoned): Carson, Perch, Barnett, Rogne, Crainey, Watson, McArthur, McCann, Gomez (Shotton, 55), Powell, McClean.
Subs: Al Habsi, Espinoza, Beausejour, McManaman, Fortune, Keane
QPR v Leicester
Birmingham v Nottm Forest
Bolton v Charlton
Brighton v Huddersfield
Burnley v Blackpool
Derby v Doncaster
Ipswich v Watford
Leeds v Barnsley
Sheff Weds v Bournemouth
Yeovil v Blackburn
Millwall v Middlesbrough