FA Cup Preview: Huddersfield - Wigan
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.
By Shane Farrington
Dixon, Wallace, Gerrard, Woods
Sinnott, Arfield, Norwood, Clayton
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 its fourth-round FA Cup replay on Tuesday. Former Cardiff City man Anthony Gerrard is again poised to play in the heart of the defense.
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. Further forward, James Vaughan could also play a part.
As for the visitors, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is likely to make changes from the starting XI, which lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the club's previous match; however, the defense and midfield could remain unchanged.
The front three could all be swapped out, though, 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. 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 League 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 as runners-up in 1920, 1928, 1930 and 1938.
- Wigan reached the fifth round by winning 1-0 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 wins, it will have matched its best-ever result in the FA Cup, when the Latcis reached the quarterfinals back in 1987.
Top 3 Predictions
Huddersfield Town 1-2 Wigan Athletic
- 18.18 %
Huddersfield Town 8-0 Wigan Athletic
- 13.64 %
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Wigan Athletic
- 9.09 %
|England - Championship (ENG2)||Nov 2, 2013||Wigan Athletic 2 - Huddersfield Town 1|
|FA Cup (FA)||Feb 17, 2013||Huddersfield Town 1 - Wigan Athletic 4|
|Dec 3, 2013||Bolton 0 - Huddersfield Town 1||ENG2|
|Nov 30, 2013||Huddersfield Town 2 - Burnley 1||ENG2|
|Nov 23, 2013||Sheffield Wed 1 - Huddersfield Town 2||ENG2|
|Nov 9, 2013||Huddersfield Town 1 - Birmingham 3||ENG2|
|Nov 2, 2013||Wigan Athletic 2 - Huddersfield Town 1||ENG2|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
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