Grigg and Powell to start – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Wigan XI to face Stoke City in the Championship

Predicted Wigan Athletic line-up to face Stoke City in the Championship

Wigan Athletic’s winless run extended to three games in all competitions as they were denied a victory by Nottingham Forest forward Hillal Soudani’s last-gasp equaliser on Saturday.

After a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium, where the Latics were denied a deserved second win of the season, they next travel to Stoke City on Wednesday. Stoke, meanwhile could manage only a point as they drew 2-2 at Preston at the weekend.

Team news

Gavin Massey returned from a hamstring injury against Nottingham Forest, and so did Nathan Byrne, who hasn’t kick a competitive ball for the Latics since securing the League One title in May.

Meanwhile, Darron Gibson continues to remain sidelined with a grade two tear on his groin.

Probable Wigan Athletic XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Paul Cook

Christian Walton (GK)

His Brilliant penalty save at the death was sadly in vain as Forest clinched a point last weekend. Walton, however, should be satisfied with his performance and is certain to start on Wednesday.

Nathan Byrne (RB)

It would be unjust to drop Reece James from the starting line-up, given the youngster has performed admirably well but with Byrne fully fit, the inevitable will happen.

Chey Dunkley (CB)

Dunkley has been a rock at the back for Wigan and needs to be at his best to keep the Stoke attackers at bay.

Cedric Kipre

Cedric Kipre (CB)

Kipre is a little bit raw but with time and patience, the Ivorian can develop into a top centre-half.

Antonee Robinson (LB)

Robinson is lightning fast and is a joy to watch on the overlap. He is a sure starter at Stoke.

Sam Morsy (CM)

Morsy had a poor game against Forest where he was culpable for both the goals. Given a start, he must try to redeem himself on Wednesday.

Lee Evans (CM)

Partnering Morsy in central midfield should be Lee Evans, who produced a solid display last weekend. He is expected to start against Stoke.

Gavin Massey (RW)

Returned to the side from a hamstring injury and produced a typical hard-working display against Forest. Massey will need to be more creative if he is to trouble the Stoke defenders.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell (CAM)

Three goals and two assists in the opening three games, Powell has enjoyed a fantastic start to the Championship campaign. He adds creativity and is a goalscoring threat.

Michael Jacobs (LW)

Jacobs adds a different dimension to Wigan’s attack and will be a crucial figure if Cook’s side are to earn a positive result on Wednesday.

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Will Grigg (ST)

Grigg was prolific for Wigan last season, helping them win promotion from League One as champions. He will have to score more this time around if the Latics are to stay in the Championship.

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