In-form Wigan looking for routine win over Southend

By Louis Hobbs

Following their midweek away win at Scunthorpe United, Wigan will be keen on continuing their impressive form, as they welcome 15th placed Southend United to the DW Stadium.

Currently sat in second place in the League One table, the Latics have won their last three league fixtures, which put them clear favourites over Southend who fell apart in their last fixture against Doncaster Rovers.

Wigan fans will be again looking at their talisman Nick Powell to once again produce the goods, as he has already scored six league goals this campaign.

When asked about his key player, Latics boss Paul Cook stated: “In certain situations he’s nigh on unplayable. He’s part of a squad of players, albeit he’s a very talented player.”

Moreover, Wigan captain Sam Morsy is set to return to the starting line-up in a very buoyant mood following a very successful international trip, as his nation Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

On the other hand, Shrimpers manager Phil Brown won’t find it easy to forget their embarrassing 4-1 loss away at the Keepmoat. With, Southend midfielder Anthony Wordsworth admitting it was the clubs’ worst performance since him joining in 2015.

Southend fans will also be happy to see Cypriot international Jason Demetriou return to the starting line-up, meaning Elvis Bwomono will return back to the bench.

Additionally, both teams will be facing suspension problems. Wigan’s Lee Evans, on-loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, stupidly pushed his head in the face of Scunthorpe’s Funso Ojo after being fouled by the Belgian, which resulted in a red card. In contrast, the Seasiders’ captain Anton Ferdinand was sent off after the final whistle for dissent.

Blues’ boss Brown revealed his frustration with Ferdinand’s red card, as Southend are having to go into this fixture with four central defenders out, with Michael Turner, Rob Kiernan and Harry Kyprianou all on out due to injuries.

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