Sheffield Wednesday vs Wigan preview
Last Updated: 18/01/19 2:03pm
The Sheffield Wednesday trio of Lucas Joao, Sam Hutchinson and Keiren Westwood are back in contention for the home game against Wigan.
Striker Joao has been out since Boxing Day and Hutchinson failed a late fitness test before the midweek FA Cup replay win at Luton.
Goalkeeper Westwood missed out on Tuesday night due to a toe injury, while midfielder Joey Pelupessy (ankle) remains doubtful. Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) has returned to training after being out since early December, but is not ready for first-team action.
Wigan boss Paul Cook has several selection dilemmas as his side bid for back-to-back wins. Anthony Pilkington made his debut last week before being replaced by Michael Jacobs early in the second half and Cook must decide whether to retain his new signing.
James Vaughan, Nathan Byrne and Callum McManaman are among those pushing for recalls to the starting line-up. Darron Gibson will be assessed after missing the last two games due to a thigh problem and striker Nick Powell (calf) is not ready to return.
Sheffield Wednesday have won three of their four home games against Wigan in all competitions (L1).
None of the nine meetings between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan in all competitions have ended as a draw (five Wednesday wins, four Wigan wins).
Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has scored six goals in his last six league appearances against Wigan.
Wigan have lost 10 away games in the Championship this season, while only Crawley (11) have lost more in the English Football League in 2018-19.
In their 0-3 defeat to Hull City in their last Championship match, Sheffield Wednesday managed just three efforts at goal - their fewest in a league match since April 2018 (2 vs Wolves).
Four of Wigan's last eight Championship goals have been penalties, scored by three different players (two by Joe Garner, one apiece by Will Grigg and James Vaughan).
David Prutton predicts: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)