Roberto Martinez’s men travel to mid-table Midlands outfit in the bottom three but level on points with 17th-placed Blackpool as they attempt to avoid the drop to the Championship
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|Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Collins, Clark, Cuellar; Agbonlahor, Makoun, Petrov, Downing; A Young; Bent.
Last Saturday's derby capitulation to West Brom should see caretaker manager Gary McAllister ring the changes. Cameroon international Jean Makoun should return from a dead leg, while out of form veteran Richard Dunne could make way for Ciaran Clark at centre-back.
|Wigan Athletic (4-3-3): Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Cleverley, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
Despite being forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw with Everton last Saturday, Charles N'Zogbia and Mohamed Diame are expected to be available to manager Roberto Martinez. With an otherwise fully fit squad, the Spaniard is expected to favour Hugo Rodallega over Franco Di Santo up front.
- The two clubs have met 14 times in all competitions, with Aston Villa winning seven, Wigan winning four and three draws.
- Villa have only lost four of 17 matches at home this season.
- Wigan have scored six goals and conceded six goals in their last three games.
- Villa have won just two games out of their last seven, with one defeat coming to Wigan's relegation rivals Wolves.
- Wigan's 35 goals in the league this season has made them the joint-lowest scoring team alongside Birmingham City.
- Franco Di Santo (pictured right) has scored just one goal for Wigan since joining from Chelsea last summer.