English Premier League preview: Wigan v Blackburn

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping to turn around his side’s poor home form this season when they welcome Blackburn on Saturday.

The Latics have won just two of 13 games at the DW Stadium this league campaign, while Blackburn have won three in 12 away affairs.

Martinez said, however, that keeping his side together during the January transfer window was his main aim, as he hopes to lead Wigan out of the relegation zone.

“Our intention this window was to finish with a stronger squad. We had two major objectives, getting all the players back from injury, and we didn’t want to lose any of the prize assets,” Martinez said, alluding to influential winger Charles N’Zogbia, who was thought to be leaving the club.

“We managed to do that. In the past, the fans have been a bit disappointed at losing players at the wrong time. Everyone is proud that Wigan showed a bit of a statement by keeping the players for the important challenges we have at the moment.”

New Blackburn signing Mauro Formica could make his debut for the club, with Steve Kean likening the signing to legendary Argentine footballer Gabriel Batistuta upon his arrival at Ewood Park.

Roque Santa Cruz continues to miss for Kean’s side, while Wigan have only Tom Cleverley on the sidelines.