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Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa: Match Preview

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Wigan will be without winger Callum McManaman after he suffered ankle ligament damage in the 4-1 loss at Arsenal. Jean Beausejour (hamstring) is expected to hand manager Roberto Martinez a boost by returning from a hamstring problem.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert could hand Darrent Bent a rare start with leading scorer Christian Benteke suspended, while Matthew Lowton (thigh) could return and Karim El Ahmadi (also thigh) are back. Ciaran Clark (foot) remains sidelined.

Roberto Martinez… “At the moment, it’s not my priority. My priority is to prepare well for the game and make sure we have a really good time with the fans. On Monday we will celebrate with the FA Cup around the town. Then we will need a few days before sitting down with the chairman next week to decide what’s best for Wigan Athletic to move forward.”

Paul Lambert… “I am delighted for the lads and supporters. I am thrilled for them. They have seen what we have been doing here. They are a young team but they are getting better and better. You wouldn’t get 42,000 in the stadium if they weren’t behind it. The big test is whether the supporters stay with it, but they have been absolutely brilliant.”

Match Statistic: Wigan have failed to win in their last six Premier League games against Aston Villa since a 3-2 victory in April 2006.

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