Wigan v Portsmouth: team news, predicted XIs, referee, form guide and key stats

Pompey head to Wigan today looking to extend their 100-per-cent winning record under new head coach Danny Cowley.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 8:00 am
Danny Cowley takes his Pompey team to Wigan today.

However, they’ll have to do it against a Latics side fighting for their League One lives to avoid a second successive relegation.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of today’s 3pm kick-off...

Wigan team news

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Wigan caretaker boss Leam Richardson will be hoping to have Jamie Proctor available once again after he passed a late fitness test ahead of the Gillingham game last week.

However, Scott Wootton is expected to miss the rest of the season through injury.

The defender, who joined the Latics on loan from Plymouth in January, landed awkwardly during the recent 3-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley - and is likely to miss Wigan’s final nine games of the League One campaign.

Predicted line-up

Jamie Jones, Tendayi Darikwa, George Johnston, Curtis Tilt, Luke Robinson; Lee Evans, Funso Ojo, Callum Lang, Thelo Aasgaard, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Jamie Proctor.Subs: Owen Evans, Corey Whelan, Joe Dodoo, Zach Clough, Will Keane, Adam Long, Dan Gardner.

Pompey team news

Ben Close is expected to be fit for the trip to Wigan after cramp forced him off after 87 minutes against Rochdale on Good Friday.

The midfielder has already established himself as a key player in the engine room under new head coach Danny Cowley by starting the past two games.

And he’s expected to continue, with the injury picked up against Dale nothing to worry about for the game at the DW Stadium.

Pompey will, however, have to cope without the suspended John Marquis, who is serving the second game of his three-match suspension.

Fellow forwards Ellis Harrison and Jordy Hiwula are also out and will miss the rest of the season.

Predicted line-up

Craig MacGillivray, Callum Johnson, Jack Whatmough, Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Marcus Harness, Ben Close, Tom Naylor, Michael Jacobs, Ryan Williams, Ronan Curtis. Subs: Lewis Ward, James Bolton, Charlie Daniels, Rasmus Nicolaisen, Andy Cannon, George Byers, Harvey White.

Match-day odds (bet365)

Wigan: 7/2

1-0 11/1, 2-0 22/1, 2-1 14/1, 3-0 50/1, 3-1 33/1, 3-2 40/1

Pompey: 4/5

1-0 13/2, 2-0 15/2, 2-1 15/2, 3-0 14/1, 3-1 14/1, 3-2 25/1

Draw: 27/10

0-0 10/1, 1-1 6/1, 2-2 14/1, 3-3 50/1


Tom Nield

Wigan stats

League position: 22nd

Top scorer: Joe Garner and Callum Lang (both 7)

Top assists: Tom Pearce (7)

Most appearances: Jamie Jones (38)

Pompey stats

League position: 5th

Top scorer: John Marquis (16)

Top assists: Marcus Harness (10)

Most appearances: Tom Naylor and Sean Raggett (44)

Form guide (all competitions)

Wigan: P43 W10 D10 L23

Past five games

L 1-0 Gillingham (A) – League One

D 0-0 Ipswich (H) – League One

L 3-1 Accrington (A) – League One

D 1-1 Wimbledon (A) – League One

W 2-0 Plymouth (A) – Legue One

Pompey: P48 W24 D7 L17

Past five games

W 2-1 Rochdale (H) – League One

W 2-1 Shrewsbury (A) – League One

W 2-1 Ipswich (H) – League One

L 1-0 Peterborough (A) – League One

L 4-2 (penalties) Salford (N) – EFL Trophy final

Other fixtures

Today (all 3pm kick-offs unless stated)

AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town, Blackpool v Gillingham, Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers, Burton Albion v Swindon Town, Hull City v Northampton Town, MK Dons v Crewe Alexandra, Oxford United v Accrington Stanley, Peterborough United v Sunderland, Rochdale v Ipswich Town, Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle.