The Sky Bet Championship returns for both these sides to play their second game in just four days, although, both sides will welcome the quick turn around to give them a chance to rectify the defeats they suffered at the weekend.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten at home by league leaders, Newcastle United, in a televised clash at Molineux, thanks to a goal on the stroke of half-time from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Wolves may have found themselves to be a tad unlucky, as Mitrovic could’ve been shown a second yellow card just 15 minutes before his goal, the only goal of the contest. Lambert’s outfit put in a brave display and were unfortunate to not take anything from the game, but for an outstanding Newcastle back line ultimately meant the Magpies went on collect the three points in a 1-0 victory.
The defeat for Wolves sees them only six points clear of the bottom three, which is a cause for concern as this could be interpreted as a relegation six-pointer at Molineux. A defeat for Wolves could see them dragged into the relegation battle as they could sit just three points above the drop zone, only six ahead of tonight’s opponents, Wigan Athletic.
For the Latics, they were beaten late on at the hands of Fulham, with the winning goal coming from Neeskens Kebano in the dying embers of the game. The Tics had lead through former Wolves man Michael Jacobs, with his goal on the stroke of the half-time and were only 20 minutes from taking all three points from the capital, however, a goal from Denis Odoi made things all square, then Kebano won it for the Cottagers.
This defeat left Warren Joyce’s men five points from safety, with a game in hand on Burton Albion in 21st. A win at Wolves on Tuesday could see Latics go just two points from safety, as well as dragging Wolves into the relegation dogfight.
The sides met in late September at The DW Stadium, with Wigan beating Wolves 2-1. Now Bolton forward, Adam Le Fondre, opened the scoring before Prince Oniangue squared things up going into half-time. Will Grigg’s strike late on won the game for the Latics. The sides last met at Molineux in 2014 with the game ending 2-2. Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako scored for Wanderers, whereas, James Perch and Marc-Antoine Fortune scored for Wigan. The sides have met just seven times at Molineux throughout history, with Wolves winning two, Wigan winning two and three draws.
Wolves are expected to be without midfielder Jack Price after he was forced off at half-time in the defeat to Newcastle at Molineux. The Wanderers also have former Cardiff City midfielder Joe Mason missing for the Championship clash against Wigan on Tuesday, with a hernia. Paul Lambert could have Mike Williamson available for selection once again, however, as he’s expected to return following his recovery from a groin problem.
Warren Joyce will look to select Deadline Day signing Matt Gilks in goal after Stoke loanee Jakob Haugaard was forced off at Craven Cottage at the weekend through injury. Ryan Tunnicliffe will be available for selection once again after he missed the game in the capital due to him being on loan from Fulham. In place of Tunnicliffe on Saturday was another loanee, this time from fellow Championship club, Derby, Jamie Hanson. He impressed after coming on as a substitute in the defeat in the capital. Craig Morgan is unlikely to be considered, following his exclusion from the starting 18 against Fulham, but Alex Gilbey and Reece James could make a return to the squad.
Wolves (Expected): Ikeme; Coady, Batth, Williamson, Doherty; Edwards, Evans; Weimann, Enobakhare, Helder Costa; Dicko.
Wigan (Expected): Gilks; Connolly, Buxton, Burn, Warnock; MacDonald, Morsy; Jacobs, Power, Hanson; Bogle.