Wigan may be mourning the departure of Emile Heskey to Villa but their success in capturing Mido should give them a boost of confidence (providing they can get the best from the wayward striker). Mido is available for selection tonight but a player still in doubt is Hugo Rodallega who is waiting on international clearance. The Latics are also without new signing Ben Watson who has a calf strain and its doubtful whether Antonio Valencia and Chris Kirkland will be fit either.
Liverpool on the other hand have no injury worries ahead of this clash and they welcome back Robbie Keane to the side, with Rafael Benitez having dropped the striker in the previous match.
Steve Bruce is a very good manager and not someone who will let himself be phased by the task ahead of him. At home Wigan should fancy getting a point from this game and if they had key players available (such as Valencia) then a win surely would have been possible.
The problem facing Liverpool fans tonight is guessing what team Benitez is going to put out. He clearly favours the 4-5-1 system but if he wants to incorporate Keane into the side he would have to reshape and opt for a 4-4-2. Liverpool have travelled well this season winning 7, drawing 3 and losing once to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. If they want to stay in the title race this is a must-win game tonight and anything other than a win must be seen as points dropped!
Also, we wish Jamie Carragher a Happy Birthday. He is 31 today.
Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Taylor, Camara, Kapo, De Ridder, Zaki, Mido, Kingson, Pollitt, Edman, Brown, Boyce, Rodallega.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Dossena, Hyypia, Agger, Babel, Benayoun, Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso, Kuyt, Torres, Keane, Riera, Lucas, Ngog, Cavalieri.