Wigan Athletic Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

Matthew Lewis

The teamsheets are in from a bloody cold DW Stadium as Sunderland prepare to take on Wigan Athletic, with three very valuable points on offer. See who's in and who's out, here...

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has handed new signing Alfred N'Diaye his first start in a red and white shirt today at the DW Stadium, with winger James McClean moving to the bench for the tussle at Wigan Athletic.

N'Diaye will line up alongside David Vaughan in central midfield, adding some much needed power to the middle of the park.

Elsewhere, both John O'Shea and Steven Fletcher return from recent short spells on the sidelines, coming in as direct replacements for Matt Kilgallon and Connor Wickham respectively.

Phil Bardsley also drops to the bench, with Craig Gardner returning to right-back, and Seb Larsson back in the side at right-wing. Adam Johnson switches to the left wing to fill the gap left by the outgoing McClean.

Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, John O'Shea (Captain), Titus Bramble; Seb Larsson, Adam Johnson, Alfred N'Diaye, David Vaughan; Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher

Substitutes: Keiren Westwood, Phil Bardsley, Matt Kilgallon, Ahmed Elmohamady, James McClean, James McFadden, Connor Wickham

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez once again opts for his adventurous 3-4-3 formation.

Martinez's two newest signings, Angelo Henriquez and Roger Espinoza, may feature, but start today's game on the bench.

Arouna Kone, a key fixture in the starting XI for the Latics this season, misses out due to African Cup of Nations duty. In his place, the Wigan front three will consist of Franco Di Santo, Jordi Gomez and Shaun Maloney.

Wigan Athletic (3-4-3): Ali Al-Habsi; Gary Caldwell (Captain), Emmerson Boyce, Maynor Figueroa; James McCarthy, James McArthur, Jean Beausejour, Ronnie Stam; Franco Di Santo, Shaun Maloney, Jordi Gomez.

Substitutes: Joel Robles, David Jones, Angelo Henriquez, Callum McManaman, Roger Espinoza, Mauro Boselli, Romån Golobart.

Follow all the action from the DW Stadium right HERE in our Match Stream.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Roker Report

You must be a member of Roker Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roker Report. You should read them.

Join Roker Report

You must be a member of Roker Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roker Report. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker