Wigan v Aston Villa 15:00 Sat
Many would have been baffled if you told them that Aston Villa would find themselves just outside a relegation battle at this stage of the season but nevertheless, Alex McCleish’s side are odds against favourites with William Hill as they face Wigan, a mere seven points off of being dragged into the scrap.
Saturdy presents the villains’ with a good opportunity to widen that gap however, when whey’ll travel to the DW Stadium to take on faltering Wigan Athletic.
The Latics have been at the foot of the English top flight for over a month now and have struggled to put together a string of successful performances, winning just one game in their last eleven outings.
However, that one victory came in their last league fixture against Bolton Wanderers two weeks ago when Wigan ran out as 2-1 victors at the Reebok Stadium, with goals from club captain Gary Caldwell and James McArthur.
Roberto Martinez will hope that this result was not just an anomaly in the club’s form and instead, signifies the beginning of a change at the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic have no specific injuries to worry about this weekend and Martinez will be expected to maintain his attacking approach, playing with an unconventional three defenders.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, will be without injured youngster Ciaran Clark on Saturday but even more worryingly will still miss Richard Dunne.
The Republic of Ireland international has been ruled out until April with a shoulder injury and Carlos Cuellar wil continue to deputise in his absence.
McCleish will be desperate to return to winning ways after going four matches without a win across all competitions and they won’t get much better chances than this weekend’s opportunity against bottom of the table Wigan.
The Villains find themselves in 15th place in the Premiership, with only one victory in their last six and with the chasing back hot on their heels fans will be hoping they can turn their form around sooner rather than later.
Much will depend on the form of Charles N’Zogbia, who looked sharp as a second half substitute against Man City, and he has the quality to supply Darren Bent and striker Robbie Keane, who will be hoping to finish off his loan spell at Villa Park with a goal, before he returns to the LA Galaxy.