Wigan Athletic will be aiming to pick up a crucial win in their relegation battle following Warren Joyce’s sacking on Monday.
Last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Bristol City saw Joyce relieved of his managerial duties and assistant manager Graham Barrow put in charge for the rest of the season.
Barrow’s men currently sit 23rd in the Championship and are four points from safety, but with ten games left to play there is still every chance that Wigan can avoid the drop.
It’ll certainly be a tough task for the caretaker boss as Villa have been in good form after picking up three wins in their last four matches against Rotherham, Bristol and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Latics were certainly unlucky not to get a result the last time the two sides met at Villa Park back in December, a late Jack Grealish winner dashing their hopes of a draw.
Villa themselves have a few injuries which could boost Wigan’s chances, with Gabby Agbonlahor, Nathan Baker, Andre Green and Henri Lansbury all currently sidelined. While Leandro Bacuna is still suspended.
Wigan’s injury list is less extensive with Reece Burke and Jakob Haugaard both still out.
While there are a fair few games left, Wigan don’t want to be cut adrift of safety so it wouldn’t be far-fetched to label this game as a must-win.