Nathan Baker has received a surprise call up to the Villa starting XI after a late absentee of Ciaran Clark at left back. The youngster makes his first senior appearance tonight and there is also a debut for new signing Jean Makoun. Stiliyan Petrov drops to the bench after picking up a knock to his knee last time out so Reo-Coker partners the new man in the middle. Agbonlahor retains his place ahead of Marc Albrighton who has to settle for a place on the bench. Match winner from Saturday and record signing Darren Bent keeps out the returning Emile Heskey.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Baker, Makoun, Reo-Coker, Downing, Agbonlahor, Bent, A Young. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Heskey, Petrov, Herd.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Boyce, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa, McArthur, McCarthy, Thomas, N’Zogbia, Di Santo, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Watson, Moses, Gomez, Diame, Stam, McManaman.
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