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[Image] Strongest 4-2-3-1 Wigan XI to face Aston Villa in the Championship

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Predicted Wigan line-up to face Aston Villa in the Championship

The newly-promoted Wigan Athletic made a brilliant start to the season by clinching a thriller at DW Stadium against Sheffield Wednesday. On Saturday, they travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, who also enjoyed a winning start to the 2018/19 campaign.

The momentum generated by last season’s League One title win has been retained, and the confidence levels will be high ahead of the trip to Aston Villa.

Team News

Latics boss Paul Cook has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game against Aston Villa.

Probable Wigan XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Paul Cook

Christian Walton (GK)

Walton was excellent against Sheffield Wednesday, producing a top-class save to deny an equaliser. He is set to start on Saturday.

Reece James (RB)

James was impressive throughout the pre-season and that showed in his performance against Sheffield Wednesday. The England youth international must continue his good work at the DW Stadium.

Chey Dunkley (CB)

An aggressive defender, Dunkley has enjoyed a meteoric rise and was a mainstay in Wigan’s promotion-winning campaign.

Cedric Kipre (CB)

Just a game is over and Cedric Kipre is on his way to being a cult figure. Kipre is built like a brick house and was colossal in the win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Antonee Robinson (LB)

A summer recruit, Robinson showed against Sheffield Wednesday that he can be a great asset.

Sam Morsy (CM)

An energetic midfielder, Morsy led from the front and played a crucial role in the winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Darron Gibson

Darron Gibson (CM)

After completing a short-term deal last Friday, Gibson was thrust straight into the side and didn’t put a foot wrong last weekend. If he can maintain his fitness, Gibson could prove to be the signing of the season.

Gavin Massey (RW)

Massey is an attacking threat who can play anyway across the front three.

Nick Powell (CAM)

Powell scored the winner in the previous game and will look to add creativity to Wigan’s attack. He has Premier League experience and can do a job here for the Latics.

Nick Powell

Michael Jacobs (LW)

Jacobs was the difference last weekend with his sizzling display, producing two goals and an assist along with a fantastic effort that smacked the crossbar. His presence against Aston Villa will be crucial as Wigan aim for three points.

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Will Grigg (ST)

Industrious and committed to the cause, Grigg is a regular in the Wigan side and appears head and shoulders above his teammates in terms of quality. Another fine performance is expected from him at Villa Park.