Both teams are level on four points in the Premier League, with Sunderland in 12th on the back of four consecutive draws. Wigan, however, have slipped to 15th following losses to Manchester United and Fulham in their last two outings.
Latics boss Roberto Martinez faces a selection dilemma after promising to reward players who impressed in the Capital One Cup thrashing of West Ham with starting berths. Martinez’s men won 4-1 at Upton Park, with forward Mauro Boselli netting a brace in his first competitive start since returning from a loan spell at Argentine club Estudiantes.
KICK OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Wigan 1 (Rodallega) Sunderland 4 (Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Vaughan), Premier League, January 2012
Sunderland 1 (Larsson) Wigan 2 (Gomez, Di Santo), Premier League, November 2011
Sunderland 4 (Gyan, Henderson 2, Sessegnon) Wigan 2 (Diame, Di Santo), Premier League, April 2011
Franco Di Santo has scored a 90th minute goal in each of his last two visits to the Stadium of Light.
All four of the goals Sunderland have scored this season have been netted in the first half of games.
Sunderland are the only team in the top flight without a single headed attempt at goal this season.
Sunderland to win: 1.91
Wigan to win: 4.00
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.10pm