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Tactics Preview: Struggling Wigan Shouldn't Be Underestimated

Paul Cook's side don't score freely, but can still pose problems on their day.

Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship

Since impressively defeating Nottingham Forest in October in front of the Sky cameras, Wigan have gone six games without a win, including two successive home defeats to Brentford and Swansea

Wigan line up in a 4-4-2, with target man Kieffer Moore up top with the energetic Joe Garner. They pose a sizeable threat from the wings, with the likes of Jamal Lowe and Anthony Pilkington both being tricky customers.

With the all-action Sam Morsy in the middle of the park, alongside Lewis MacLeod, Wigan have a very typical 4-4-2 with box-to-box midfielders, wingers and aerial threats up top.

Despite these attacking threats, Wigan’s top scorer is centre back Cheyenne Dunkley (five goals) with only Pilkington being another player to manage more than one goal.

However, he has not quite made the desired impact at the other end of the pitch, Wigan conceding over two goals a game in their last five outings.

Wigan have struggled this season and look set for another relegation battle, sitting below Reading in the table, but with the potential to leapfrog the Royals with a win.

Having not won an away game this season, Wigan certainly take more of their points at home, all three wins going hand in hand with clean sheets, one-goal victories against Forest and Birmingham, and a two-goal haul against Charlton Athletic.

On their day Wigan are a threat so the Royals will need to be at it with both sides in desperate need of the points.