Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
WiganWigan Athletic

Leigertwood (36')
Pogrebnyak (55')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Figueroa (48'), Koné (44', 45')
Boyce (63')

Preview: Reading vs. Wigan Athletic

Reading manager Brian McDermott prior to his side's Premier League match with Stoke City on February 9, 2013
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Sports Mole previews the Premier League encounter between struggling Reading and Wigan Athletic.

Heading into this encounter on Saturday, Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has conceded that it is match that his side cannot afford to lose.

Both teams occupy a place in the relegation zone, but a defeat for visiting Wigan would see them slip five points behind their hosts and at least three from the safety line.

For a club in their position, Wigan have a respectable record on the road so far this season. They've managed to pick up 11 points away from the DW Stadium, scoring 13 goals in the process.

On the injury front, Martinez may be able to call upon the services of defenders Emmerson Boyce and Antolin Alcaraz, who have both returned to full training this week.

Meanwhile, Reading have been in positive form at the Madejski Stadium of late. They've been unbeaten in their last five outings in Berkshire - a run that dates back to the middle of December.

The Royals have a handful of injury problems for the match, with midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood rated as doubtful. Experienced striker Jason Roberts and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy have already been ruled out.

Recent form

Reading: LWWDWL


Possible starting lineups

Reading: Federici; Harte, Mariappa, Pearce, Kelly; McAnuff, Leigertwood, Kebe, Akpan; Pogrebnyak, Hunt

Wigan: Al-Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Stam; Beausejour, Scharner, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney; Gomez, Di Santo

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Reading manager Brian McDermott on the touchline on December 29, 2012
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