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Match preview: Wigan (A)

6 January 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to Wigan Athletic for the Emirates FA Cup third-round clash on Saturday 7 January (kick-off 3pm).


Two sides in poor form meet at the DW Stadium as both Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic get their Emirates FA Cup campaigns underway.

The Reds will be looking for some respite from their league form for the trip to Greater Manchester and will be aiming to bounce back from the last-gasp defeat at the hands of Barnsley on Monday.

Wigan have had similarly poor results, with just one point picked up from the last six games meaning they are battling at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Matt Mills is available for selection having served a one-match suspension following his red card against Newcastle and will be pushing for a recall to the heart of the defence and Vladimir Stojkovic is also set to be available after missing the defeat to Barnsley. Dani Pinillos could also be included for the second time this season after shaking off a knee injury which has kept him sidelined since the win at Ipswich in November.

Andy Kellett is set to continue to be sidelined having missed Monday's defeat to Huddersfield through injury, while Shaun MacDonald and Nick Powell made their returns in that match and are likely to be involved again. Ryan Colclough also made his return for The Latics after finishing a loan spell at MK Dons and he will be pushing for a starting spot.

Kellett joins a lengthy injury list that includes David Perkins, Craig Morgan, Luke Garbutt, Reece Burke, Adam Bogdan, Reece James, Alex Gilbey and Donervon Daniels. 


Nottingham Forest

Derby County (A) - Lost 3-0
Preston (H) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (H) - Lost 2-0
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-1
Barnsley (H) - Lost 1-0

Wigan Athletic

Aston Villa (A) - Lost 1-0
Newcastle (H) - Lost 2-0
Ipswich (H) - Lost 3-2
Rotherham (A) - Lost 3-2
Derby (A) - Drew 0-0
Huddersfield (H) - Lost 1-0


Yanic Wildschut

Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut is most likely to make things happen for The Latics and has scored four of Wigan's last six goals. 

The 25-year-old signed for Wigan in January last year after a successful loan spell from Middlesbrough and helped guide Wigan to promotion from League One last season by scoring nine goals in all competitions.

The Forest defence will have to keep a watchful eye on the pacy wide man if they are to get a result at the DW Stadium.


Wigan boss Warren Joyce said: “I’ve spoken before about the belief here, and I still believe we’re capable of winning every game we play. We’ve played the top sides, we’ve played the bottom sides, and we’ve looked a better, more organised outfit against the top sides. We had a method in our play on Monday against Huddersfield that I thought we’ve had in the last few games.

“Nobody’s carved us open, nobody’s outplayed us, there’s not been one time I’ve come in thinking: ‘We’re a poor side, there’s no hope for us, because we can’t deal with this, that or the other’. I don’t think it’s looked that way in any game since I’ve been here.

“All we can do is take each game as it comes, approach each game the same – whether it’s a league game or a cup tie – and try to win, because you want that winning feeling. Winning becomes a habit.”

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults: £10
Under 16s: £5
Under 5s: £2

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Wigan Athletic - 7/5
Nottingham Forest - 19/10
Draw - 12/5

To score first:

Will Grigg - 4/1
Yanic Wildschut - 6/1
Britt Assombalonga - 4/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 6/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

West Ham v Manchester City (kick-off 7.55pm, Friday)
Manchester United v Reading (kick-off 12.30pm)
Accrington Stanley v Luton
Barrow v Rochdale
Birmingham v Newcastle
Blackpool v Barnsley
Bolton v Crystal Palace
Brentford v Eastleigh
Brighton v MK Dons
Bristol City v Fleetwood
Everton v Leicester
Huddersfield v Port Vale
Hull v Swansea
Ipswich v Lincoln
Millwall v Bournemouth
Norwich v Southampton
QPR v Blackburn
Rotherham v Oxford United
Stoke v Wolves
Sunderland v Burnley
Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
Watford v Burton
West Brom v Derby
Wycombe v Stourbridge
Preston v Arsenal (kick-off 5.30pm)
Cardiff v Fulham (kick-off 11.30am, Sunday)
Liverpool v Plymouth (kick-off 1.30pm, Sunday)
Chelsea v Peterborough (kick-off 3pm, Sunday)
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 3pm, Sunday)
Tottenham v Aston Villa (kick-off 4pm, Sunday)
Cambridge v Leeds (kick-off 7.45pm, Monday)

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