The FA Cup has dominated the footballing headlines this weekend and the third round will come to a close when Wigan Athletic host Manchester United on Monday night.
As a third-tier team, Wigan are the overwhelming outsiders for the clash at the DW Stadium, but Erik Ten Hag's visitors have only won one of their previous six games in all competitions.
Wigan, winners of the 2013 FA Cup, would love nothing more than to pull off a cup shock when they host 12-time winners Manchester United on Monday.
The Latics are now languishing in the third tier and Shaun Maloney's side are only four points above the relegation zone.
Maloney's team did start the year on minus eight points due to a points deduction, and their main aim is to avoid the drop before they plan a promotion bid next season.
Wigan have already beaten Exeter City and York City in the competition, but they are not known for their goalscoring exploits. They have failed to score in two of their last five at home, and their recent xG numbers suggest they are struggling to create chances.
United are low on confidence after a recent slump in form, and we see this game being settled by fewer than three goals.
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For Wigan to have any chance of victory, they need to make Monday's game a real battle across all areas of the pitch.
United coach Ten Hag will likely make changes to keep his team fresh, and Wigan will need to try to unsettle any players who have been on the fringes of the starting XI.
After a dip in results, Wigan will want to keep things tight and make United work for any of their opportunities, and United have not played with much confidence of late.
Typically, a team of United's calibre would want to dictate the tie and put the game to bed early, but they may deploy the opposite tactics.
United are struggling to string performances together, so Ten Hag will want them to build from solid foundations, and that is why we expect the game to be decided in the second half.
The opening 45 minutes should be cagey and tight, but United should eventually have enough quality to clinch the game in the second half.
As we have already mentioned, the Red Devils have been poor of late and are struggling to pick up results on a consistent basis.
Ten Hag has yet to decide on his best starting XI, but one player that has impressed when given the chance is winger Garnacho.
The youngster plays with the attitude and desire that United fans love and he scored two goals in their last game at home, as the Red Devils came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2.
Garnacho will give the Wigan defence plenty of issues on Monday night, and if he does not score, he should be the one creating chances for his teammates, so he will be difficult for the third-tier defence to contain.
Wigan will be without Tom Pearce and Jason Kerr through injury, while Scott Smith and Stephen Humphrys are major doubts for Maloney.
James Balagizi had hoped to feature, but he has returned to Liverpool after the conclusion of his loan spell.
United goalkeeper Andre Onana is available as he does not plan to link up with the Cameroon squad until later in the month ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, but Sofyan Amrabat has already joined up with the Moroccan national team.
Rasmus Holjund is likely to lead the line after recovering from illness, but Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Casemiro and Anthony Martial are all sidelined through injury.
Wigan have lost three of their last five, but they are their only defeats in their previous 14 matches in all competitions.
Defensively they have looked strong at the DW Stadium of late, keeping a clean sheet in four of their last five at home.
United have won one of their previous six in all competitions, while they are winless in five on their travels.
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