It shouldn’t be forgotten that Wigan are the current FA Cup holders and I don’t expect them to give up their trophy easily on Tuesday.
The Latics won English football’s oldest cup competition in May when beating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley in the showpiece and even subsequent relegation from the Premier League failed to take the shine off their incredible achievement.
In the third round twelve months Wigan were held at home by Bournemouth before winning the replay on their travels and three more away success followed on the way to the famous stadium.
Wins at Macclesfield, Huddersfield and, memorably, Everton came before a semi-final triumph over Millwall and, while clearly Wigan are not expected to retain their trophy, MK Dons shouldn’t pose too many problems tonight.
The League One side shared six goals ten days ago at the DW Stadium but Patrick Bamford, who got the equaliser that afternoon, has since moved to Derby on loan from parent club Chelsea and the Dons are inconsistent.
In contrast it is now seven matches unbeaten for Wigan in all competitions and they boast four consecutive clean sheets in The Championship.
Uwe Rosler’s side are up to tenth in the English second tier after a troubled start to the campaign and now sit just three points off the playoff spots.
Excellent wins in their previous two away matches at high-flying Derby and Reading showed Wigan can get it done on the road and the squad still has plenty of quality.
I expect Rosler to field a strong side to try to maintain recent momentum and I’m surprised they are available at 6/4.
It’s a fairly uninspiring set of midweek fixtures but Wigan’s cup romance can continue for at least another round and provide some profit in the process.
2pts Back Wigan (vs. MK Dons) @ 6/4 (various)