Wigan Athletic will lock horns with Crystal Palace for only the third time in the club’s history tomorrow night. Roberto Martinez will take a much changed side to Selhurst Park, but he will be expecting his fringe players to put in a good display, given the fact that he may be prepared to ring the changes for Latics’ next game against Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.
The Carling Cup, so often overlooked by the ‘big boys’, is seen as an ideal opportunity for both teams to progress in the competition. Three Latics players will be anxious to be involved in this game namely Ben Watson, Emmerson Boyce and Victor Moses who will relish a return to their old stomping ground.
Both clubs will be anxious to banish memories of their last games. Palace were unlucky to lose 3-2 against Leeds United, whilst Latics will be reasonably happy that they do not need to face the rampant Manchester City who inflicted a 3-0 defeat on them two days ago.
Awaiting the victors are Middlesbrough who will travel south to visit them in the next round.
Team news will be added here later…
History of this fixture
01/11/2003 – Division One – (H) – 5-0 – (Nathan Ellington 2, Andy Liddell 2, Geoff Horsfield) – 6,796
Filan, Eaden, Jackson, Breckin, McMillan, (Baines 73), Liddell, Bullard, Jarrett, McCulloch, (Teale 83), Ellington, Horsfield, (Roberts 81)
(Future Latic Ben Watson played for Palace as a 34th minute substitute)
17/04/2004 – Division One – (A) – 1-1 – (Nathan Ellington) – 18,799
Filan, Eaden, Breckin, De Vos, Baines, (Mitchell 34), Liddell, (Teale 66), Bullard, Jarrett (sent off 90), Mahon, (McCulloch 78), Ellington, Roberts J (sent off 90)
Wigan Athletic/Crystal Palace links,
Marcus Bent, Emmerson Boyce, Steve Bruce, Fitz Hall, Victor Moses, George McGeachie, Carlo Nash, Darren Patterson, Neil Redfearn, Scott Sinclair, Ben Watson, David Wright
Other Wigan/Crystal Palace links,
William Johnson played for Wigan Borough and Crystal Palace
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