Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook will likely be frustrated with how the season has started for his side.
The Latics are three points clear of the relegation zone in 20th but may feel that their position in the table and their results in the 2019/20 campaign have not been fully reflective of their performances.
Cook’s side have taken a number of impressive scalps, including Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic, but have too often dropped points due to late goals.
What will the result be at the DW on Saturday?
They now welcome Brentford to the DW Stadium for what looks to be a tough test and will need to put behind them the disappointment of Sam Surridge’s late-winner for Swansea City last weekend.
Thomas Frank’s side are 11th but only four points back from the top six and will likely feel a similar sense of frustration that they’re impressive performances haven’t produced more points.
They were beaten 1-0 by on-the-up Huddersfield Town last week and Frank will undoubtedly be looking for a reaction.
With that in mind, here is the Wigan XI we expect Cook to field against the Bees.
David Marshall has been a regular fixture in the Wigan side this season, starting all 15 Championship games, and he looks certain to retain his place against Brentford.
He may have his work cut out for him, however, as Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is among the highest scorers in the division this season–having found the net 10 times already.
He’ll need the help of his backline if he is to keep the 23-year-old out and it looks set to be Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre at centre-back, with Charlie Mulgrew still missing due to injury.
Cook has some exciting young full-backs in his squad and it looks likely that both Antonee Robinson and Dujon Sterling will get the nod against the Bees.
The midfield trio of Joe Williams, Sam Morsy and Lewis MacLeod did an excellent job of managing the game against Swansea last weekend, so they look set to reprise their roles.
Only Leeds United have conceded fewer goals than Brentford this season, with former Whites defender Pontus Jansson now marshaling the Bees defensive unit.
Cook will undoubtedly look to Dunkley to cause carnage in the opposition penalty area as he has all season–scoring five goals and winning a penalty last week–but he will need his forward line to be on their game.
Kieffer Moore opened his account at Wigan with a penalty last Saturday, while Jamal Lowe looked like he was beginning to return to his dazzling best–the duo are beginning to find their feet in the Championship and will surely start once again.
Michael Jacobs has provided more assists than any Latics player this season and after a few weeks on the bench, Cook may feel this is the right time to get him back into the starting XI.