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[Image] Here’s the predicted 4-4-1-1 Wigan XI to face Sheffield United – can the Latics down the Blades?

Predicted Wigan line-up to face Sheffield United in the Championship

Wigan Athletic lock horns with Sheffield United at the Bramall Lane on Saturday. The Latics suffered a 2-1 defeat at Millwall in the midweek and Paul Cook would expect his boys to put in a better performance and get back to winning ways.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Stoke City and would pose a different challenge to Wigan on Saturday.

Team News

Gavin Massey is already out until the New Year, while Michael Jacobs has undergone a surgery to begin his recovery. Will Grigg missed the midweek game and could be out for the weekend fixture. Lee Evans is ineligible for this game as he cannot face his parent club.

Probable Wigan Athletic XI

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Manager: Paul Cook

Christian Walton (GK)

Walton has been Wigan’s No.1 in goal and he will retain his place in the team against Sheffield United.

Reece James (RB)

James has been fantastic on the right this season, with his tendency to bomb up and down causing problems to the opposition.

Cedric Kipre (CB)

Kipre is a strong central defender who loves aerial duels. He can shrug off players with ease.

Chey Dunkley (CB)

Partnering Kipre in the heart of the Wigan defence could be Dunkley. He is Wigan’s defensive lynchpin and is also a fantastic organiser.

Dan Burn (LB)

Burn is performing very well at left-back and deserves to keep his place in the starting XI.

Callum McManaman (RW)

Starting on the right flank could be Callum McManaman. He is a nippy player who can cause a lot of trouble to the United backline.

Callum Connolly (CM)

Since Evans is ineligible for this game, Connolly should take his place. It’s a good chance for the youngster to prove a point.

Sam Morsy (CM)

The skipper of the team, Morsy is a tenacious player who breaks up the play and offers creativity from the midfield. A certain starter for the weekend game.

Kal Naismith (LW)

On the left, Cook could hand Naismith another chance. Naismith needs to make his chance count if he intends to become a regular starter for Wigan.

Josh Windass (SS)

Windass has blown hot and cold so far this season. He is a creative player and needs to be at his best against United on Saturday.

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Nick Powell (ST)

Nick Powell could be recalled into the starting XI. Powell has been Wigan’s primary source of goals and creativity, and his presence in the team would be crucial.

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