Wigan - Aston Villa Preview: Visitors have won 65% of their points against bottom-half sides

Defeat at Arsenal means that Roberto Martinez's men are already relegated, leaving the Villans to rest easy as they visit the DW Stadium without talisman Christian Benteke


Alcarez, Caldwell, Scharner
Boyce, McCarthur, McCarthy, Espinoza
Maloney, Kone, Gomez


Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett
Sylla, Westwood, Delph
, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Callum McmManaman (ankle) has been ruled out for three months after being stretchered from the field against Arsenal, and his absence may force Jordi Gomez further forward, with captain Gary Caldwell returning in the centre of defence.

Jean Beausejour (hamstring) is back in contention, while the injured Maynor Figueroa (groin) may have played his last game for the relegated club, with his contract expiring in the summer.

Ronnie Stam (ankle), Ivan Ramis (anterior cruciate ligament) and Mike Pollitt (hip) also remain on the sidelines for the Latics.

Top goalscorer Christian Benteke is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea, meaning Charles N'Zogbia may come into the front three, with Andreas Weimann taking a central role.

Alternatively, Darren Bent could be in line for just his eighth Premier League start of the season, and his first since January.

Matt Lowton (hip), Ciaran Clark (ankle) and Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) are all back in contention after missing out last week.

  • Wigan have failed to win any of their last six Premier League home games against Aston Villa, losing four and drawing two.
  • Having won 3-0 at Villa Park, the Latics can add Paul Lambert's men to Reading as the only sides they have beaten home and away this season with three points on Sunday.
  • Should Villa at the DW Stadium, they will have suffered more defeats than in any previous Premier League season, beating 2002-03's tally of 17.
  • Lambert's side have won 26 of their 40 points (65%) against other sides in the bottom half of the league this season.
  • The Villans are without Christian Benteke, who has scored or assisted 51% of Villa’s goals over the course of the season - the highest proportion for any player at any Premier League club.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored six goals and assisted one in his last eight games, and faces a Wigan side against whom he has scored more Premier League goals (5) than any side other than Everton (7).