Wigan Athletic's match at home to Aston Villa is the latest game in the Premier League this afternoon to fall victim to the weather, while Sunday's match between West Ham and Wolves has also been postponed.
Wigan's undersoil heating system failed yesterday and engineers have been unable to repair it, causing the pitch to freeze overnight. The referee Stuart Atwell inspected the pitch at 8.30am and decided the heavy overnight frost had left the surface unplayable.
After all, it was only eight days ago that they deservedly beat Rafael Benitez’s beleaguered team and Martinez will be calling for a repeat performance to further ease their relegation fears.
In contrast, Villa head into the game on the back of a morale-boosting seven-match unbeaten run.
They have drawn five of those matches, keeping them six points adrift of the UEFA Champions League places, but they will travel to the North West in buoyant mood.
They have kept five clean sheets during their impressive recent run and will take heart from the fact that only one of their previous nine Premier League meetings with Wigan has ended as a home win.