Wigan, however are unfazed. Looking certain to clinch a seventh successive title this season, they have won on nine of their last 11 league and cup visits to Oldham whose last home win against the champions was a Lancashire Cup success in 1989.
Mounting injuries mean that Bradford and Leeds both have to juggle with their line-ups for their match at Odsal tomorrow.
Bradford's teenage international Paul Cook will be on the left wing while Roger Simpson moves to full-back, Dave Turpin drops to the bench and St John Ellis is out. In the pack, the prop Eugene Bourneville and the second rower Brian McDermott, both substitutes at London, are in for the injured Karl Fairbank (calf strain) and Alan Wilson (ankle). Simon Knox switches to loose forward.
Leeds are still missing their skipper Garry Schofield, Tony Kemp and Jim Fallon through injury, while the former Great Britain full-back Alan Tait is again omitted.
With Carl Hall making his debut in the centre, Craig Innes is switched to stand-off and Graham Holroyd moves to scrum-half with Marvin Golden moving to the wing. James Lowes reverts to hooker and Mick Shaw steps down to substitute, with the teenager Jamie Field going in to the second row.
Halifax, who have several players out injured, have the full-back Mike Umaga back after injury to face Workington. His fellow Western Samoan Fereti Tuilagi is sidelined with a badly bruised rib. Tongan Asa Amone goes in to the centre.
Workington's coach, Kurt Sorensen, turns to youth, recalling the teenager Mark Wallace, who was carried off after only 20 minutes of his senior debut against St Esteve last month, and picking 20-year-old Leigh Smith as full-back.
Sorensen is without Kevin Pape (back), Wayne Kitchin (knee), Lee Chilton (hamstring), Phil McKenzie (neck), Paul Burns (groin) and Stephen Holgate (groin), so the New Zealanders Lafaele Filipo and Jason Palmada start in the pack.Reuse content