Predicted Wigan Athletic line-up to face Ipswich Town in the Championship
Wigan Athletic faces a trip to Portman Road to square up against basement club Ipswich Town in the Championship on Saturday.
Paul Cook’s 10-man Wigan Athletic lost 1-0 to Derby County at the weekend and will be desperate to bounce back against Ipswich.
The Latics will fancy their chances against Ipswich, who are rock bottom of the Championship table with just 11 points in 21 games.
Kal Naismith will miss the trip to Ipswich through suspension after being red-carded in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Derby.
But the return of Gavin Massey ahead of his schedule would be music to Paul Cook, who, meanwhile, is without Chey Dunkley, Antonee Robinson, Michael Jacobs and Nick Powell until the New Year.
Probable Wigan Athletic XI
Manager: Paul Cook
Christian Walton (GK)
Walton has been Cook’s first-choice in goal. He should start against Ipswich.
Reece James (RB)
Given the form he is in, James is indispensable to Cook’s squad.
Cedric Kipre (CB)
Strong and powerful in the air, Kipre will look to keep things tight at the back against Ipswich.
Alex Bruce (CB)
Bruce could be given a chance at Ipswich due to injuries and suspensions to key players. He hasn’t played much this season, so Bruce needs to be extra careful of this fixture.
Dan Burn (LB)
Burn could be stationed at left-back following Naismith’s suspension.
Nathan Byrne (RM)
Byrne can be a nightmare for the defenders due to his pace and direct approach. He should start on the right flank.
Lee Evans (CM)
Evans offers stability to the team and his presence in the engine room keeps Wigan ticking.
Sam Morsy (CM)
Morsy is a combative midfielder who never hesitates to stick out a leg to stop his opponents from advancing.
Gary Roberts (LM)
Roberts could be given another chance to impress after failing to make most the most against Derby last weekend.
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Josh Windass (SS)
Windass brings creativity and flair to Wigan’s play in the final third. He is a certain starter against Ipswich.
Will Grigg (ST)
Will Grigg could get the nod ahead of James Vaughan to lead Wigan’s attack at the weekend.