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Di Santo: Set to lead the line for Wigan

Di Santo: Set to lead the line for Wigan

League One side Bournemouth will attempt an upset when they face Wigan in an FA Cup third-round replay at Dean Court on Tuesday night.


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The Cherries held their Premier League opponents to a 1-1 draw in the original fixture at the DW Stadium on January 5, with a trip to Blue square Bet Premier outfit Macclesfield Town awaiting the winners.

While Eddie Howe's side have not lost in the league since October which has equaled a club record of 18 games unbeaten, their last three outings have all ended in draws, so a win at home to the Latics would be a major boost for them.

Roberto Martinez's team have not had it all their own way this season, currently languishing just outside the relegation zone with a only 19 points from 22 matches played.

They managed a draw against Fulham at the weekend, with Franco Di Santo scoring a late equaliser for a share of the spoils.

An injury to Ivan Ramis, suspected cruciate knee ligament damage, means the defender could be out for an extended period of time, with the replay one he'll certainly miss.

Arouna Kone is away on AFCON duty and will therefore not be available for this cup-tie. Martinez can call on loan signing Angelo Henriquez to fill that void though. Other absentees include Ryo Miyaichi, Adrian Lopez, Antolin Alcaraz and Ben Watson.

The hosts have a clean bill of health and will look to Lewis Grabban to lead the line. The striker has 10 goals in the league to date, and is Bournemouth's top scorer this term.

Posted: 14/01/13 13:41

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