Following on from last weekend’s stalemate at Oakwell, The Latics once again come face-to-face with David Wagner’s high-flying Terriers, who currently sit in a playoff position. Warren Joyce will head to West Yorkshire in search of his first win as Wigan boss, after a 3-0 drubbing to Reading and drawing a blank against Barnsley.
The Latics are unbeaten in their last 4 games on the road, meanwhile, Town will be looking to bounce back following their narrow 3-2 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium last weekend.
Wigan are yet to win a league game at the John Smith’s, despite this, the place carries good memories, most notably when the Latics wrapped up the Division 2 title with a 0-0 draw. Also, Wigan visited the John Smith’s on their way to winning their first major trophy, the FA Cup, in 2013, as goals from McManaman, Kone and McArthur sent the Latics through to the Quarter-Finals.
The hosts will be without former Southend United midfielder Jack Payne, due to a knee injury that prevented him from taking part in Town’s defeat at Cardiff. Harry Bunn is also unlikely to be in Wagner’s starting 11, as he is still recovering from a hamstring strain.
On the other hand, Latics will be without loanee goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, as he tore his ACL last time out at Barnsley. Jussi Jaaskelainen will be given a return and a chance to build on last year’s form, 17 clean sheets in 38 appearances, which saw the tics lift the Sky Bet League One trophy, last May. Latics will also be without the suspended Craig Morgan, this could pave the way for Joyce to change the system and look to take a more aggressive approach, potentially involving loanee Adam Le Fondre. Will Grigg and Dan Burn are both doubtful for the game and aren’t expected to start because of flu.
Huddersfield (Probable): Ward; Hefele, Stankovic, Schindler, Smith; Hogg, Mooy, Lowe, Palmer; Wells, Kachunga.
Wigan (Probable): Jaaskelainen; Byrne, Buxton, Burke, Warnock; Jacobs, Power, Perkins, Garbutt, Wildschut; Davies.
Feature Image Credit: Tony Hisgett