Former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook welcomes new Southampton boss Mark Hughes to the DW Stadium in the FA Cup quarter final with the most ‘cupset’ potential.
Wigan are flying high in League 1. Currently occupying 2nd place but with 3 games in hand on leaders Blackburn Rovers. Southampton meanwhile are toiling in the Premier League. Drab football and drab performances have resulted in them winning just 1 of their last 17 league games and in 17th place. The FA Cup has offered a sense of escapism for the players and fans alike.
Wigan have got to this stage of the competition in unlikely fashion, dispatching West Ham in the early rounds and in the last round, masterminding a 1-0 victory of Manchester City. Southampton have been relatively comfortable in their route to the quarter finals, defeating the likes of Watford and West Brom on their journey.
Paul Cook should be able to field the team that defeated Man City in the last round. With Will Grigg the competitions top scorer hoping to continute his FA Cup form. Shaun MacDonald and Jordan Flores are the only expected absentees for Wigan.
Southampton have a new manager after Mark Hughes replaced the sacked Pellegrino. Maya Yoshida, Charlie Austin and Steven Davis are expected to miss out with long term injuries. Romeu will be hoping to return to the team this weekend.
Wigan XI – Walton; Elder, Burn, Dunkley, Byrne; Perkins, Power, Massey, Powell, Roberts, Grigg
Southamptons XI – McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Lemina, Hojbjerg, Romeu; Boufal, Sims, Carrillo
Despite my loyalties, and optimism with the recent acquisition of Mark Hughes. I do not believe this is going to be an easy rise. The tie has to be settled on the day, and I think it is going to be a long day.
Wigan 1-1 Southampton*
*Southampton to win on penalties.