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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic

8 April 2014

All you need to know about Tuesday's clash

Millwall will hope to keep their Championship survival hopes alive by recording back-to-back wins for the first time since September when they face FA Cup Semi-Finalists and current Cup holders Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm). 

Manager views

Following Saturday's excellent 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest, Lions boss Ian Holloway believes that four wins and a draw from their final six games will secure Championship safety - and he remains positive that what may seem impossible to others, is simply not so.

Speaking after Saturday's game Ollie said: "I'm pleased with everybody and there we go. We're all living in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars, you've got to keep believing. That's done us the world of good. I thought we played really well."

Ollie spoke to Lions Player ahead of Tuesday night's game and you can view a snippet below:




To view the above interview in full, visit Lions Player

Uwe Rosler's first game as incoming Wigan manager in December was at The Den when he watched from the stands as the Latics slipped to a 2-1 defeat. However his arrival sparked an upturn in form and fortune and his side are now widely regarded as second only to Premiership-bound Leicester City in squad strength. Rosler expects his players to stay fully focused on the job in hand and not be distracted by this weekend's FA Cup Semi-Final with Arsenal at Wembley. 

Team news

Rosler has not named the same starting XI in his 29 games at the helm, and is unlikely to change that as his side prepare for the game against Millwall - their 54th fixture of the season thus far. He will continue to rotate his squad that includes former Lions loanee Martyn Waghorn, who marked making his move permanent to the Latics from Leicester City by scoring their weekend winner against Leeds United.

Jean Beausejour returns from suspension for Wigan's third home game in eight days against Millwall. Full-back James Perch has nine domestic yellow cards and another caution would trigger a two-game suspension, ruling him out of the Semi-Final. Midfield trio Ben Watson (broken leg), Chris McCann (knee) and Roger Espinoza (hernia) all miss out again.



Nicky Bailey and Lee Martin both returned to The Lions starting XI at Nottingham Forest and played a key role as Ollie's men recorded a vital 2-1 win. Bailey, who had been sidelined since the end of January with a back injury, played 72 minutes at the City Ground whilst Martin scored what proved to be the decisive goal with a sublime first-half finish. Striker Jermaine Easter could also be in contention for a return having shrugged off a thigh injury. Danny Shittu and Richard Chaplow remain sidelined.  

Form

A 1-0 win against Leeds United last time out stretched Wigan's impressive run to just one defeat in 14 games and consolidated their fifth place in the Championship table. 

Scott Malone and Lee Martin were on target for Millwall as The Lions recorded only their third away win of the season at Nottingham Forest, although two of those victories have come in the last four games on their travels. Ollie's men now head to the DW Stadium looking to secure a first win 'double' of the season, having already edged to a 2-1 victory when the teams last met on 7th December 2013.

Head-to-head

The two sides have met on 24 previous occasions, of which Millwall have won 10 and Wigan seven. The remaining seven games have ended all square.

Goals from Steve Morison and Jermaine Easter secured a 2-1 victory at The Den when the teams last met and you can view highlights of that game below



Live coverage

Full match commentary will be available on Lions Player from 7.40pm. 

You can also keep up to date with the action as it happens on The Wall and on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC. Join the conversation by using our matchday hashtag #WAFCvMFC in your tweets. 

Betting

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet

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