Liverpool will travel to Wigan on Wednesday night as they aim to build on their 2-0 victory against Aston Villa at the weekend and put the news of Luis Suarez’s eight match ban behind them.
Although the decision will not directly affect Suarez’s availability for the game, there are some doubts regarding the wisdom of fielding the under-fire player, particularly at an away venue.
Despite the recent ruling, Liverpool will be hoping to do their talking where it really matters, on the pitch and they will travel to Wigan on the back of two fairly comfortable victories.
Liverpool have lost only once in their last eleven games with a 0-1 loss against Fulham the only blot on an otherwise impressive recent run of games.
They will meet an in form Wigan side who have notched up points in four of their last five outings including an away win at the Hawthorns after a poor display at home to Arsenal, and, in their last outing, managing to salvage a late draw against Chelsea at the DW on Saturday.
Whilst they will be boosted by the late equalizer against Chelsea at the weekend, Wigan still sit in the bottom three of the Premier League, and have conceded in all but one of their home games so far this season.
The two sides have met 14 times in their history and Liverpool has dominated with a win percentage of 64 percent from those encounters, with nine wins and only one defeat.
Although Liverpool appear the favourites on paper, the reds have not won at the Wigan since Yossi Benayoun’s winner 15 minutes from time in September 2007.
Since then they have lost one and drew twice, but they will be hoping to break the spell with their first win at the DW stadium for three years as they look to move past Arsenal into fifth place.
Wigan has a full squad to choose from for the visit of Liverpool, with only out of favor goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on the sidelines.
Hugo Rodallega played 18 minutes of the draw against Chelsea and his impact may convince manager Roberto Martinez to reward him with a place in the starting fifteen.
Liverpool is without three of its central midfielders, so Jonjo Shelvey is expected to continue for the Reds after impressing against Aston Villa.
Steven Gerrard and Lucas are both sidelined with injury and youngster Jay Spearing is serving the final game of his ban after being sent off against Fulham.
The availablitiy of Luis Suarez will depend on the club’s approach to the FA ban however, with the Uruguayan averaging 4.6 shots per game, the second highest in the League, it is unlikey that the striker will not start for the reds.
Possible starting line-ups:
Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Gomez, Moses, Rodallega
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Kuyt, Shelvey, Bellamy, Suarez
Betfair have liverpool at 1.57 to get the victory.