F.A. Cup Preview: Wigan Athletic Vs Hull City

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 1, 2010

HULL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Wigan Athletic at KC Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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F.A. Cup Preview: Wigan Athletic Vs Hull City, DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Saturday January 2nd 2010, 15:00GMT.

Phil Brown's Tigers travel to the DW Stadium, Wigan for the F.A. Cup third round tie with all the pressure on Roberto Martinez' Wigan team.

The Tigers are in the middle of a very tough schedule in the Premier League with matches over the Christmas and New Year Period against some of the best teams in the division taking their toll on the East Yorkshire team's results.

With fixtures coming up against league leaders Chelsea next week at the KC Stadium followed by ties against high flying Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United, Brown may have one eye on the league for this game.

Martinez, who has seen his Wigan side slowly sliding down the Premiership table will be hoping to gain some much needed confidence for his players with a victory against the Tigers.

The last time these two sides met in October the Tigers roundly beat the Latics two one, but things are different for the two clubs as they both see themselves at the wrong end of the table with only one point separating them.

The Latics, who were roundly thumped, five nil by Manchester United mid-week will be hoping that Chris Kirkland will have recovered from the illness that allowed him to only last 45minutes against the Red Devils. If not the England keeper Kirkland will probably be replaced by Mike Pollitt who replaced him against Manchester United.

Martinez will probably make us of his squad players as will Brown for Hull City. It has been hinted that Jason Koumas, James McCarthy, Cho Won-Hee and Antonio Amaya may make first XI starts for the Latics rather than been on the substitutes bench at the DW Stadium.

Brown is rumoured to be giving a run out for some of the clubs fringe players, with Tom Cairney and Liam Cooper from the youth team expected to make an appearance.

Other players that have been making cameo appearances from the bench for the Tigers are expected to get a run out with Kevin Kilbane, Peter Halmosi, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Caleb Folan all possibly in the starting eleven.

For the Tigers this could be a shop window for the club as they look to clear out some of the squad to ease a huge wage bill and for Martinez getting back to winning ways could be just what the Spaniard needs.