After all the transfer window excitement, Charlton have a tough game at Wigan today. They are 11th in the table, but the earlier part of their season was affected by their Europa League commitments and they are currently fifth in the (last eight) form table.
Wigan have won both meetings at the DW Stadium, scoring three goals in each. Wigan have lost only one of their last 11 games in all competitions, winning six. Their only defeat since mid-December was 3-0 at Doncaster in the Championship on 18 January. Wigan have kept five clean sheets in their last six games in the Championship. They are unbeaten in their last six home games in all competitions, winning three. Their last home defeat was 3-1 against Derby in the Championship at the start of December.
Wigan top scorer Nick Powell is likely to be out with a hamstring problem. Wigan have signed striker Martyn Waghorn from Leicester on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The Charlton line up is a little difficult to predict, but I am assuming that Peter the Pole will join Church up front. With Hamer injured, Thurman-Ulien will be on goal. Wiggins will return to left back with Morrison and probably Dervite in the centre, although Wood might be a better choice. With Wilson suspended, Nego will presumably slot in at right back. Midfield is the area of weakness, but I am assuming that Jackson and Cousins will feature and that 'Astrid' will start. Callum Harriot could be the fourth midfield player.
Someone was stuck behind the Charlton bus on the M1 yesterday and tweeted 'Charlton are going nowhere.' This is the match I expected to lose before the recent upheavals, but it is a chance for the new players to make their mark. Odds are: Wigan 4/6, Draw 14/5, Charlton 4/1. Essex man Michael Bull is referee.
Apparently, Watford have expressed an interest in taking Marvin Sordell on loan. Not sure whether this can be organised, or why Watford want him, but I would not see it as a loss.