Dougie Freedman’s side will be looking for a second successive victory when they take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Having picked up three points against Doncaster Rovers last time out, Wanderers will be aiming to secure the bragging rights in what promises to be a feisty local derby against the Latics.
They are set to come up against a Wigan side fresh from a Europa League exit at the hands of Maribor on Thursday evening, but face them in a game which will be new manager Uwe Rosler’s first in the league.
With the teams having not faced each other in almost two years, the Whites will be hoping to replicate their efforts in their last trip to the DW where they ran out 3-1 winners back in October 2011.
With the Latics set for a new era under the stewardship of Rosler however, Wanderers will have to be on top of their game if they are to emerge victorious.
Freedman has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash, with both Mark Davies and Josh Vela in contention to feature having each enjoyed lengthy run outs for the club’s Under 21 side in recent weeks.
The manager will however be without the services of long term absentees Stuart Holden, Marc Tierney, Adam Bogdan and Joe Riley as they continue their rehabilitation from their respective injuries.
Wigan welcome Wanderers to the DW Stadium having experienced a difficult start to their first season back in the second tier of English football, with the Latics currently residing in 14th position in the league standings.
With Owen Coyle’s brief tenure in the Wigan hot seat coming to an end at the start of the month, this weekend’s game sees the unveiling of Uwe Rosler to the club’s home supporters following his move from League One side Brentford.
Having been tipped by many to make an immediate return to the top flight this term following their relegation back in May, the Latics faithful will be hoping that the German’s arrival at the club will spark an upturn in fortunes for a team that have struggled for consistency this term.
An engine in Wigan’s midfield, Ben Watson wrote his name in the Latics’ history books with his 91st minute header in the 2013 FA Cup final victory over Manchester City at Wembley.
A former England U21 international, Watson will now be hoping to become a mainstay in the Wigan midfield after new boss Uwe Rosler took over the reins at the DW last week.
Starting his career at Crystal Palace, making his professional bow against Watford in 2003, playing in the same side as Dougie Freedman, Watson made over 150 appearances for the Eagles before joining Wigan in 2009.
Since his move to the DW Stadium, Watson has had two successful loan spells outside of the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion.
Upon his return to Wigan in April 2010, he has been a mainstay in the first team ever since and will be hoping now to help the club return back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Kevin Friend will referee Sunday’s clash at the DW Stadium.
The 42 year-old official, who took charge of the 2013 League Cup final, primarily works in the Premier League with this weekend’s game only his second in the Championship so far this season.
Friend last refereed a Bolton Wanderers fixture earlier this year at the Stadium of Light when Dougie Freedman’s men knocked Sunderland out of the FA Cup in a third round replay.
During the current campaign Friend has refereed 12 games so far, handing out 39 yellows and one red with his only dismissal coming in his last game where he sent off Sunderland’s Wes Brown against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.