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Such has been Blackburn’s level of performance over recent weeks that everyone associated with the club were disappointed with a goalless draw against Huddersfield Town last time out.
The stalemate brought Rovers’ six-match winning streak to an end, although it extended their stint without experiencing a defeat to nine contests.
Combined with the edgy 2-1 triumph over Barnsley, Tony Mowbray may have concerns that momentum is beginning to turn, but that is not to say that he will not be delighted with their current situation in the Championship.
Although they are at risk of being overtaken by third-placed Fulham, Blackburn are just three points adrift of the leaders, a scenario which will weaken the priority of making progress in this competition.
Nevertheless, given the amount of unchanged starting lineups that he has named recently, Mowbray now has an opportunity to give game time to eager squad members who want to play an active part during the second half of the season.
Daniel Ayala and Sam Gallagher are likely to be among a number of Blackburn players who will be given an outing at the DW Stadium.
Aynsley Pears, Tyrhys Dolan, Tayo Edun, Daniel Butterworth and Bradley Johnson are also in line to feature in the starting lineup.
Leighton Clarkson is no longer an option for Blackburn after returning to parent club Liverpool.
Given how he managed his squad earlier this week, Richardson may select the same Wigan XI from the Oldham fixture.
Joe Bennett and James McClean may come back into the squad after missing that game, while James Jones and Kelland Watts are both options after they remained as unused substitutes.
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Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Amos; Darikwa, Whatmough, Tilt, Pearce; Power, Naylor; Massey, Lang, Edwards; Keane
Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Pears; Van Hecke, Ayala, Wharton; Nyambe, Travis, Johnson, Edun; Dolan; Gallagher, Butterworth