Salop travel to the DW Stadium on Saturday, where they will look to defy the odds and defeat the hosts. However, Wigan have won the last four meetings between the two sides.
If the Latics weren't handed an eight point deduction, they would be in a mid table spot on 19 points. It is clear that Shaun Maloney's side fit the all or nothing bill, as they have won six games and lost six, with only one draw. Wigan boast relatively mediocre goal scoring and goal conceded statistics, but they have won three of their five home matches.
Last time out, Wigan picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Oxford United who are in second place. The visitors were the favorites to win the tie and they dominated the possession statistics, yet the hosts frustrated them. Maloney's side scored early on and sat in to defend their one goal advantage. In the second half, Wigan found plenty of joy on the counter attack and scored ten minutes from time via Callum Lang.
Salop sit in 15th place after fourteen League One matches, but on the road they have lost five out of seven. They have scored 0.5 goals per game this season and confidence in the attacking third is low and whilst playing away, they have only hit the back of the net twice. Shrewsbury perform much better at home, but unfortunately that does not help them this weekend.
This week, Shrewsbury suffered a 3-0 defeat on the road to Barnsley. The Shrews had the most attempts at goal in the game, but they were unable to create any clear chances. They were 2-0 down by half time and the hosts controlled the game, as they seemed to settle for the two goal advantage.
If Shrewsbury concede first, you would expect Wigan to see out a victory due to Salop's poor attacking record. The Tics have momentum on their side after winning the last two matches and they should collect their third win in a row on Saturday.
The final prediction is Wigan 2-0 Shrewsbury.