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Reading FC v Wigan Athletic: Match Preview

The second of two games in three days sees Clarke's men take on Wigan at home. Phil Owtram previews the game.

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Reading FC v Wigan Athletic FC
League Championship
Tuesday 17th February, KO 8PM
Madejski Stadium
Referee: Simon Hooper

Reading (14th)
Form (all comps): LWWDW
Derby v Reading (FA Cup): 1-2
Reading v Leeds: 0-2
Wolves v Reading: 1-2
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday: 2-0
Millwall v Reading: 0-0

Wigan Athletic (23rd)
Form (all comps): LLDLD
Nottingham Forest v Wigan: 3-0
Wigan v Bournemouth: 1-3
Ipswich v Wigan: 0-0
Wigan v Huddersfield: 0-1
Wigan v Blackburn: 1-1

Manager: Malky Mackay

Wigan come into this one on the back of a dismal season so far, with 4 wins in total and only 1 in their previous 17 matches this really is a team in free-fall. Uwe Rosler's replacement Malky Mackay has not been able to improve Wigan's form, registering just one win so far and his side are only being kept off the bottom of the Championship table by Blackpool and are 8 points adrift of 22nd place Millwall. However, bankers on paper often prove problematic...

Last five meetings between Reading & Wigan

09 Aug 2014 Wigan Athletic v Reading D 2-2 League Championship
18 Apr 2014 Wigan Athletic v Reading L 3-0 League Championship
21 Dec 2013 Reading v Wigan Athletic L 1-2 League Championship
23 Feb 2013 Reading v Wigan Athletic L 0-3 Premier League
24 Nov 2012 Wigan Athletic v Reading L 3-2 Premier League

Reading & Wigan Head to Head

This will be the 47th meeting between these two sides, Reading have won 14, Wigan 17 and there have been 10 draws. When they met in August in the opening game of the season - which ended 2-2 - no one would have guessed both teams would be struggling as much as they have so far this season. Reading will be hoping to end a run of 6 games without a win against Wigan when they meet on Tuesday with their last win coming in the Premier League in 2007, a 2-1 win at Madejski Stadium.

Team News

ReadingJem KaracanChris Gunter and Anton Ferdinand are all still out.

Wigan: Liam Ridgewell's loan spell from Portland Timbers came to an end after Wigan's last match against Nottingham Forest and he has returned to his parent club. James Perch will continue in place of Chris McCann.

Prediction: Reading 2-0 Wigan