Mick McCarthy’s Wolves will host Wigan at Molineux on Sunday with both teams needing three points as they lie at the wrong end of the table.
Wolves haven’t won in the league since August when they beat Fulham 2-0 at home, only to go on a five game losing streak after drawing 0-0 with Villa.
McCarthy’s team managed to stop the rot against Swansea at home two weeks ago to the background noise of “You don’t know what you’re doing” chants coming from the home fans.
Since that victory, Wolves have been unlucky with their fixtures, playing Manchester City in the Carling Cup and league in the same week but Sunday’s game with Wigan represents a real chance of attaining three points and getting a win at home for the first time in the league since August.
Roberto Martinez’s side have been through a similarly bad run of games without the respite of even a home draw to relieve the pressure.
The Latics currently only have one win in the league so far back in August when they beat QPR 2-0 at the DW Stadium and have only scored seven goals in 10 games this season.
They will need to address their problem in front of goal if they expect any chance of surviving in the Premier League this season.
Hugo Rodallega still needs to achieve decent form before he’s relied upon to get the goals for Wigan and Martinez will be without captain Gary Caldwell for their trip to Molineux with the Scottish defender suspended after picking up five bookings.
Mohammed Diame’s inclusion in the first team will be decided on the day after the Senegalese midfielder picked up an ankle injury in last week’s defeat at the hands of Fulham, after a clash with Steve Sidwell.
Mick McCarthy will welcome the return of Jamie O’Hara and Stephen Hunt after the pair suffered knee and back injuries respectively in the 3-1 loss against Man City last week and missed training during the week but are expected to be included in proceedings against Wigan on Sunday.
Steven Fletcher may also be included in the squad and will be put through a late fitness test after missing the last three games with a calf injury.
Despite their poor form, Wigan have a good record at Molineux and have never lost a Premier League game there.
This fixture represents a good springboard for either team to go on and salvage their poor start to the season with a win, as the losing team will surely be a huge contender for relegation if they were not already seen as one.
Wolves squad: Hennessey, De Vries, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hammill, Henry, O’Hara, Jarvis, Hunt, Doyle, Doherty, Elokobi, Craddock, Milijas, Guedioura, Edwards, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Vokes.
Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, Diame, Moses, Gomez, McCarthy, Di Santo, Jones, Pollitt, Stam, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Lopez, Thomas, Sammon, Maloney, Crusat, Gohouri, Rodallega, McCarthy.