Wigan manager Roberto Martinez comes up against Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool for the first time since they opened his eyes to the task he faced restructuring the Latics.Watch Wigan Athletic vs. Blackpool Live Stream August 14 Premier League 2010
Fast-forward almost 12 months and Ian Holloway brings the Seasiders to the DW Stadium as a genuine Premier League team.Watch Wigan Athletic vs. Blackpool Live Stream August 14 Premier League 2010
Despite them being relegation favourites Martinez does not intend to take the visitors lightly, having slipped up once already.
"We achieved our aims last season because of the certain moments we had to suffer and in the Carling Cup certain players showed they couldn't carry on playing for Wigan,'' said the Latics boss.
"Those lessons are painful but they give you a lot and it is how you react to that and produce performances like we did further down the line.
"You don't like to get 'favours' in that manner because they are very painful but I was pleased with the lessons we learned that night and how that pushed us to be the team we were at the end of the season.
"It is a clear message of what Blackpool are capable of doing, they are very attacking and very brave.
"I don't expect them to change at all in the way they have been playing so it should be an open encounter.''
Defender Gary Caldwell is the only absentee as he is still six weeks away from a return after undergoing two hip operations in the summer.
Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Holloway has been inspired by the playing style of teams managed by Martinez - and hopes to see his side demonstrate that at the DW Stadium.
Martinez has tried to introduce the sort of flowing football over the last year that yielded so much success for him while manager of Swansea.
It is an attacking philosophy which Holloway admires greatly, and something the Bristolian is aiming to use against his Spanish counterpart when their teams go head to head.
"I will be going there fully respectful of what Roberto does - the way he does it was an inspiration for me anyway when he was at Swansea,'' Holloway said.
"I've got the utmost admiration for him and probably I'm a little bit jealous of the way he was brought up playing his way. He was a much more graceful footballer than I was.
"But when we go there tomorrow I can assure you that I'm going to make it as tough for them as I can and I'm going to try to attack them, because that is what I believe in.''
New signings Craig Cathcart and Marlon Harewood could be set for their Blackpool debuts.
Cathcart and Harewood were among a host of players to arrive at Bloomfield Road this week, with fellow new recruits Ludovic Sylvestre and Elliot Grandin also in contention to make their bow for the club should international clearance arrive in time.
Keith Southern misses out after picking up a knee injury in pre-season, as does Louis Almond with a shoulder problem and Billy Clarke, who is expected to be sidelined for most of the campaign having sustained cruciate ligament damage in his knee.