Aston Villa head up to Greater Manchester this weekend to take on Wigan in the Championship.

Villa fans will be desperately hoping that the eleven players that Dean Smith decides to field will not put on a similar show to the one that was witnessed last Saturday against Swansea at Villa Park. If they do, it is very safe to say that Villa will be heading back to Birmingham with no points.

Wigan have had a pretty difficult season and currently find themselves sitting in 20th place in the table, just 4 points above the relegation zone. In fact, from their last five games they have lost four and drawn one. The last time they won a match was on the 28th of November.

Smith’s men haven’t been in sparkling form in the league, but they have only lost once in their last eleven matches. However, this includes four draws from their last 6 matches.

If they are to end up with a play-off place come May, they really need to start turning all their draws into wins and a match against a struggling Wigan represents the perfect chance to do just that.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s game against Wigan.