Check out our match preview as Southampton travel to the DW Stadium for an Emirates FA Cup quarter final tie against Wigan Athletic.
Wigan Athletic vs Southampton
Sunday 18th March, 1:30pm GMT
Emirates FA Cup
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints make the trip to Wigan for their FA Cup quarter final tie this weekend, with a sem-final at Wembley the reward for the victors.
The 2013 winners produced a shock result against runaway Premier League leaders Man City in the fifth round, and are contenders for promotion to the Championship after a strong League One campaign.
Saints beat West Brom 2-1 at The Hawthorns to progress to the last eight, with goals from Wesley Hoedt and Dušan Tadić, and will be hoping new boss Mark Hughes can begin his managerial stint with a win.
Wigan: Devante Cole, James Vaughan and Donervon Daniels will all be missing for Wigan due to their earlier involvement in the FA Cup for Fleetwood Town, Sunderland and Rochdale respectively.
Star man Nick Powell picked up an injury during their midweek victory over Bradford City and will also be absent.
Southampton: Charlie Austin is said to be making significant progress, but will not feature this weekend. Mark Hughes indicated that the striker may yet play an important part in the remaining eight Premier League games of the season.
Question marks over the fitness of Steven Davis and Maya Yoshida remain, after respective spells on the sidelines, with Davis likely to miss out, but Yoshida in contention to return.
Wigan's previous five:
Bradford City (a) W 1-0
Scunthorpe United (h) D 3-3
Blackburn Rovers (a) D 2-2
Rochdale (h) W 1-0
Man City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
Southampton’s previous five:
Newcastle (a) L 3-0
Stoke (h) D 0-0
Burnley (a) D 1-1
West Brom (a) W 2-1 (FA Cup)
Liverpool (h) L 0-2
With 11 strikes to his name, Nick Powell is Wigan's most potent league goalscorer, while striker Will Grigg leads the charts with 18 in all comps (11 League One).
Powell, a former Manchester United man, has come into his own this season as the club look likely to progress from the third tier, and garnered interest from Premier League clubs during the January transfer window.
Grigg, 26, has played a vital part in Wigan's FA Cup success to date, after accounting for West Ham and Bournemouth in previous rounds. The Northern Irish international has netted half of the Latics' cup goals this term, including the match winner against Man City - the most by any player in this year's FA Cup competition.
Top scorers: Will Grigg (18), Nick Powell (12), Michael Jacobs (9), Ivan Toney (6)
Most assists: Lee Evans (8), Max Power (6), Michael Jacobs (4), Gavin Massey (4), Sam Morsy (4)
Josh Sims has made a strong return to the first-team setup, and was perhaps Saints’ standout performer against Stoke at St Mary’s a fortnight ago.
It was Wesley Hoedt and Dušan Tadić that masterminded the win over West Brom to reach the last eight, with this Sunday's Wigan clash the second time Saints will have faced lower league opposition - after easing past Fulham in the third round.
The game will be Mark Hughes's first in charge of Saints, and he'll be hoping to get off to a positive start, after confirming this week that he has great affinity for the competition he won repeatedly as a player.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (6), Manolo Gabbiadini (4), Dušan Tadić (4), James Ward-Prowse (4)
Most assists: Ryan Bertrand (3), Nathan Redmond (3), Dušan Tadić (3), James Ward-Prowse (3)
Jan 1986: Southampton 3-0 Wigan (FA Cup)
Aug 2012: Southampton 0-2 Wigan (Premier League)
Feb 2013: Wigan 2-2 Southampton (Premier League)
DID YOU KNOW
• Saints have progressed from 18 of their last 19 FA Cup ties against sides from a lower division.
• This is only the fourth ever meeting between Wigan and Southampton and the second in the FA Cup – the Saints won 3-0 in a fourth round match in January 1986, with current Wigan boss Paul Cook playing for Wigan that day.
• The Latics have already eliminated three top-flight teams this season (Bournemouth, West Ham and Man City).
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