Wanderers will be keen to bounce back from their defeat at Blackpool when they make the short trip to Wigan.

The Whites were beaten 4-1 at Bloomfield Road despite taking the lead through George Thomason’s strike. Ricardo Santos was sent off during the second half after the skipper was judged to have fouled Kyle Joseph in the box.

Ian Evatt’s men remain third in the League One table, behind second-place Derby on goal difference heading into the business end of the campaign.

Team news

Dion Charles won’t be risked against Wigan after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Evatt had earmarked the fixture to bring his top scorer back into the squad but has had to change his plans.

However, Santos is available to face the Latics after the FA confirmed that his sending off at Bloomfield Road had been overturned following a successful appeal.

Randell Williams is back in full training following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, while Nathan Baxter is due to have his cast removed today.

Opposition lowdown

Wigan, who started the campaign with an eight-point deduction, now find themselves 13rd in the table.

Shaon Maloney’s side drew 1-1 against Cheltenham at the weekend, with Liverpool loanee Luke Chambers cancelling out Matty Taylor’s opener.

A week prior, the Latics won 1-0 at Shrewsbury with Matt Smith getting the decisive goal at New Meadow.


Wanderers have faced Wigan 48 times in their history, with a record of 15 wins, 15 draws and 18 defeats.

The points were shared when Evatt’s side last headed to the DW Stadium in April 2022, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson cancelling out James McClean’s opener.

Wigan ran out 4-0 winners at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in August after braces from Charlie Wyke and Stephen Humphrys.

Predicted line-up

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