The Latics are just one place above the dropzone in the Premier League table due to goal difference and they may feel that they can get a result against the Black Cats, who have had an inconsistent campaign.
Ronnie Stam is likely to be placed in Wigan manager Roberto Martinez's defence following the long-term injury blow suffered by Ivan Ramis, while Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is expected to keep Steven Fletcher up front with David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson in midfield.
Possible starting lineups
Wigan: Al Habsi; Figueroa, Caldwell, Stam; Beausejour, McArthur, Jones, Boyce, McCarthy; Maloney, Di Santo
Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback; Johnson, Vaughan, Larsson, McClean; Fletcher, Sessegnon
Sports Mole says: 1-1