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  • 17 February 2013
  • • 15:55
  • • The John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 12117
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Huddersfield - Wigan Preview: Latics looking to equal their best-ever FA Cup finish

Huddersfield - Wigan Preview: Latics looking to equal their best-ever FA Cup finish

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New boss Mark Robins will be keen to guide the hosts to their second win in the competition inside a week but they will have to overcome Premier League opposition

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

HUDDERSFIELD

Bennett
Dixon, Wallace, Gerrard, Woods
Sinnott, Arfield, Norwood, Clayton
Scannell, Vaughan
WIGAN

 Al Habsi
Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Stam, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour
Gomez, Kone, Henriquez

New Huddersfield boss Mark Robins is unlikely to alter the team too much despite only playing in the FA Cup on Tuesday. Former Cardiff City man Anthony Gerrard is again poised to play in the heart of their defence.

Robins could opt to freshen it up in midfield and if he does so then ex-Manchester United youngster Olivier Norwood is in contention to start after coming off the bench in midweek. While further forward James Vaughan could also come in.

As for the visitors, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is likely to make changes some changes from the starting XI which lost 4-1 to Chelsea in their previous match. However the defence and midfield could remain unchanged.

The front three could all change with Jordi Gomez and on loan Manchester United forward Angelo Henriquez pushing for starting berths and Arouna Kone poised to come in.

Martinez’s options are still limited as a number of players are currently sidelined - with Antonio Alcaraz (groin), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), Ben Watson (shin) and Mike Pollitt (thigh) out. While Ivan Ramis will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Huddersfield reached the fifth round of the competition after winning 2-1 away to fellow Championship side Leicester in a replay - with Adam Clayton and Sean Scannell netting their goals.
  • The Terriers currently sit 18th in the Championship - and have only won one of their last 15 league matches.
  • They have won the FA Cup once - back in 1922, and finished runners-up in 1920, 1928, 1930 and 1938.
  • Wigan have reached the fifth round by winning 1-0 firstly against Bournemouth and then Macclesfield.
  • Spaniard Jordi Gomez (pictured right), is the club’s top goalscorer with seven goals so far this season.
  • If Wigan win they will have equalled their best-ever result in the FA Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals back in 1987.

Players to watch

J. Vaughan

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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The former Everton youngster has been solid so far during his loan spell at the club. He has found the back of the net five times for the club so far but offers the team more than just goals and is adept at stretching opposition back lines. Wigan are currently struggling for results and if Vaughan can shine then he could well help fire his side into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 29-year-old enjoyed an impressive start to life in English football after moving from Levante last summer. With 6 goals and 5 assists from his 22 appearances for the club he is one of his side’s most likeliest options for hitting the back of the net. He came off the bench against Chelsea last weekend after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations and will be keen to refind his scoring boots to get Wigan winning again.

Editor's Prediction

This match looks like it could go either way - the hosts will be keen to get off to a winning start under their new manager, while the visitors are looking to equal the furthest they have got in the competition. It could well end up going to a replay.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Huddersfield Town

Wigan Athletic

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Huddersfield Town FC HUD
Huddersfield Town FC Huddersfield Town
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
34%
16%
50%

Top 3 Predictions

Huddersfield Town FC HUD
1 - 2
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Huddersfield Town FC HUD
8 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Huddersfield Town FC HUD
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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