A Cup upset, a place in the Fourth Round, a club record – this match presents several opportunities for Bournemouth. The League One side have gone 18 games unbeaten, matching a 30-year-old record, and can surpass it with victory over Premier League Wigan.
A Jordi Gomez goal salvaged a draw for Wigan in the first meeting, which was followed by another 1-1 for Roberto Martinez’s side, Franco Di Santo equalising against Fulham.
Martinez has defensive concerns with an injury to Ivan Ramis, with Roman Golobart likely to step in. He may also hand first starts to new signings Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez.
Wigan will be eager to avoid another FA Cup upset, having been knocked out by Swindon in the Third Round last season, but Wigan’s patchy form – they are yet to win in 2013 – and the prospect of squad rotations will give increased hope to Bournemouth. An away tie with Macclesfield awaits the winners.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Wigan 1 (Gomez) Bournemouth 1 (O’Kane), FA Cup, January 2013
Wigan 1 (Roberts) Bournemouth 0, League Cup, September 2005
Wigan 0 Bournemouth 0, Division 2, December 2001
Wigan won the only FA Cup meeting previous to this year, a 3-0 victory in January 1986.
The last team to beat Bournemouth this season was Coventry, who notched a 1-0 win on 6 October.
Bournemouth to win: 2.94
Wigan to win: 2.64
TV: Highlights on ITV1 on Wednesday 16 January at 10.50pm.