Game: Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 12th January 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: DW Stadium
At a glance
Aston Villa contest their first away fixture of 2019 when they visit Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
The claret and blues are seeking a first win since taking three points at Swansea City on Boxing Day, having drawn Sky Bet Championship matches with Preston North End and QPR since.
And having faced opposition above us in the table in seven of the last 10 outings, we now face a run on matches against those in the bottom half.
Saturday represents a good opportunity to make up ground on the promotion chasers, with eight of the nine teams above Villa all playing against each other this weekend.
A win could send us as high as seventh in the table – just outside the Play-Off places.
Dean Smith has everyone who played against QPR on New Year's Day available to him for the Wigan trip.
The only potential comeback was midfielder Henri Lansbury, who appeared as a second-half substitute in our FA Cup loss last weekend.
However, Lansbury has a further hamstring issue and will likely miss out.
New loan signing Kortney Hause is fit and available, and will make the journey north.
Jack Grealish continues to make good progress in his recovery, but like Axel Tuanzebe remains sidelined for the remainder of January.
Ways to watch
Video coverage of our first away game of 2019 at Wigan Athletic will be available to all AVTV Live international subscribers this weekend.
As the game isn't being screened by any UK or external broadcasters, video coverage for our clash with the the Latics can be shown internationally.
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"Our incentive is simply to get back on the winning trail.
"Our last win was on Boxing Day against Swansea. We have missed a few chances to get all three points in a few games and we want to get back to winning ways.
"It’s still only one defeat in the last 11 games, though – that’s a positive to take forward.
"We are certainly a team that is hard to beat and certainly a team that creates lots of chances.
"We have been working very hard on our organisation because I firmly believe that if we make it difficult for the opposition to score, then there’s enough goals in this team to win games.
"It’ll be another tough game. Paul Cook’s teams have always played good football. He’s got teams promoted from League One to the Championship.
"He did very well at Portsmouth and I had some really good battles with him when I was at Brentford and Walsall.
"I know what his teams are about. They’ll make it very difficult for us. I have full respect for them but, for me, it’s about concentrating on ourselves and how we approach the game – our mindset and our attitude."
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