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WIGAN ATHLETIC V BARNSLEY PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

21:31 17th February 2014

by Stewart Frodsham

Latics prepare to entertain Tykes under the lights at the DW

Wigan Athletic v Barnsley
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 18 February 2014, kick off 7.45pm
DW Stadium

Tickets

Tickets are still available for the game priced from £15 for adults and from £5 for juniors.  Tickets will be available up until kick from the main ticket office at the DW Stadium. [Click here] for full details.

Match Preview

It’s back to league business after Saturday's magnificent win in the FA Cup at Cardiff City with the focus now firmly on chasing a play off place in the Sky Bet Championship.

The game is an crucial opportunity to make up some ground on the leading group in the table but it’s equally important for Barnsley who sit second from bottom and five points from safety but with two games in hand over Millwall.

James McArthur and Ben Watson remain doubtful for the game with Watson replaced in the 2-1 over Cardiff and McArthur (virus) missing the game through illness.  Rosler is expected to shuffle his pack once more with Leon Barnett set to make his 40th start of the season if recalled after sitting out Saturday’s FA Cup tie in South Wales.

Lewin Nyatanga, Stephen Dawson, former Latics striker Tomasz Cywka and Liam Lawrence are all pressing for a recall for Barnsley. Brek Shea hopes to recover from illness but Jacob Mellis (suspension) and Bobby Hassell (calf) miss out.

Head to Head

Latics have never lost to Barnsley in the lead and have the overall edge in terms of head to head with four wins to Tyke’s two.  The previous meeting on the opening day of the season produced the biggest margin of victory in this fixture when Latics ran out 4-0 winners.  [Click here] for the full head to head record.

Form Guide

Wigan Athletic (P6, W4, D1, L1)

Sat 15 Feb – FA Cup R5 – Cardiff City (A) – W1-2
Tue 11 Feb – Championship – Sheff Weds (A) – W0-3
Sat 08 Feb – Championship – Huddersfield (A) – L1-0
Sat 01 Feb – Championship – Charlton (H) – W2-1
Tue 28 Jan – Championship – Middlesbrough (A) – D0-0
Sat 18 Jan – FA Cup R4 – Crystal Palace (H) – W2-1

Barnsley (P6, W1, D3, L2)

Sat 15 Feb – Championship – Doncaster (A) – D2-2
Sat 08 Feb – Championship – Ipswich (H) – D2-2
Sat 01 Feb – Championship – Sheff Weds (A) – L1-0
Tue 28 Jan – Championship – Blackburn (H) – D2-2
Sat 18 Jan – Champsionship -  Blackpool (H) – W2-0
Sat 04 Jan – FA Cup R3 – Coventry (H) – L1-2 

Last League Line ups

Wigan Athletic (v Sheffield Wednesday [A] W0-3): A Al Habsi, L Barnett, J Perch, E Boyce, J Beausejour, B Watson, C McCann, M Waghorn (S Crainey, 81), J McArthur (R Kiernan, 88), J McClean (M Fortune, 51), N Maynard.
Subs not used: L Nicholls, R Espinoza, J Gomez, C McManaman.

Barnsley (v Doncaster [A] D2-2): L Steele, T Kennedy, M Cranie, P Ramage, H Hunt, P Digby (J O'Brien, 56), M Woods (P McCourt, 80), E Frimpong, D Jennings, C O'Grady, N Proschwitz.
Subs not used: L Nyatanga, L Lawrence, T Cywka, S Dawson, I Turner

Match Officials

Referee - Nigel Miller
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Marsden
Assistant Referee 2 - Simon Mather
Fourth Official - Andy Scregg
Assessor - Peter Roberts

The night’s other games

Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County 
Yeovil v Watford

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