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Jan 15, 2022 at 3pm UK
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Preview: Doncaster Rovers vs. Wigan Athletic - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's League One clash between Doncaster Rovers and Wigan Athletic, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two teams at opposite ends of the League One table will meet on Saturday when bottom-placed Doncaster Rovers host Wigan Athletic at Keepmoat Stadium.

The visitors are enjoying an excellent run of form, having not lost in 14 matches, which is something that they shall be hoping to continue in their next outing.

Match preview

Doncaster Rovers have had a tough first half of the season, having only won four of their 24 fixtures in League One so far, with their struggles leaving the club bottom of the division.

The Reds are currently nine points adrift of safety, adding some pressure to Saturday's match against Wigan Athletic in their bid to fight against relegation.

Gary McSheffrey's team head into this game on the back of three defeats, with Doncaster being unable to find the back of the net in their most recent outing.

Fleetwood Town picked up a 1-0 victory in that match, with Ellis Harrison scoring the only goal on the day, even though it was a closely-contested encounter.

However, they will have to improve upon their result the last time the two teams met, as it was the Latics who got the three points that day in a 2-1 win.

Doncaster actually took the lead in that encounter, but a brace from Will Keane was enough to secure the three points for Wigan.

Leam Richardson's team showcased their fighting spirit at the weekend in the FA Cup, earning their place in the fourth round as a 94th-minute goal from Thelo Aasgaard won them the game 3-2 against Blackburn Rovers.

This was their 14th match in a row without suffering a defeat across all competitions, which is the exact type of form every club is looking for within the busy winter period.

The positive results have allowed Wigan to sit fourth in the table, and they are only five points behind Rotherham United, who sit top, plus they have three games in hand.

The Latics will be hoping to place real pressure on those above them, and after scoring nine goals across their previous three matches, there will be no shortage of attacking confidence within the group.

Doncaster Rovers League One form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Doncaster Rovers form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Wigan Athletic League One form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Wigan Athletic form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Team News

Rovers have dealt with several injury issues throughout the season, with Jon Taylor having recently undergone surgery as his ankle problem continues to plague him.

Fejiri Okenabirhie has been able to remove his protective boot, but he is still not going to be an option this Saturday, but there could be a chance for new signing Kieran Agard to feature.

James Carragher made a return to the Under-23's set up this week for the Latics, and while this match might come too fast for him to play another 90 minutes, he could be an option from the bench.

Jordan Cousins is another absence for Wigan, with his thigh problem set to keep him out for several more months to come.

Doncaster Rovers possible starting lineup:
Dahlberg; Knoyle, Williams, Olowu, Rowe; Smith, Galbraith; Hiwula, Barlow, Horton; Agard

Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Jones; Kerr, Whatmough, Watts; Darikwa, Naylor, Power, Pearce; Lang, Edwards, Keane

We say: Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic will head into this match as the favourites, and they should have more than enough quality to win this particular match.

With the Latics looking for promotion this season, they will not be wanting to drop any points against a team that is sat at the bottom of the league and low in confidence.

Top tip

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