Wigan Athletic find themselves hovering unexpectedly close to the Championship relegation zone as they welcome promotion chasing Nottingham Forest to the DW Stadium.
Forest have stuttered slightly, having won only 1 of their last 5 games in all competitions. They have drawn their last 2 games 0-0, allowing Norwich to overtake them at the top of the table.
They remain undefeated in the league however, and will feel confident of overcoming a Wigan side low on points and confidence.
After reaching the play-off semi-finals last season, Wigan somehow find themselves in quite a dire situation this term.
They have only registered 2 wins so far, and have only picked up 1 point out of the last 12 available.
They will however welcome back lively winger Callum McManaman to the starting line-up after he missed Saturday’s defeat to Bournemouth through injury.
McManaman was booked for an alleged dive a couple of weeks ago against Huddersfield, but didn’t get chance to redeem himself in the following game against Ipswich as he had to be replaced after just 36 minutes.
He will be keen to get back in the mix and prove any doubters wrong.
Meanwhile Matty Fryatt could return from a groin injury to partner Britt Assombalonga up front for Forest.
Assombalonga has made a blistering start to life in the Championship after his £5.5 million move from Peterborough United, but has gone 2 games without a goal since his hat-trick against Fulham.
The last time these two sides met Wigan demolished Forest 4-1 as they pursued promotion in the closing stages of last season.
It is likely to be a different story this time around. Wigan have home advantage but their poor form looks set to continue- a win for Forest could move them back to the top, and increase the pressure on Wigan boss Uwe Rosler.