However, the Latics followed up their defeat to Coventry City by crashing out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Bury, and face a Rovers side fresh from knocking out local rivals Leeds United in the same competition.
Wigan were hoping that a change of manager and chairman may help put behind them a poor season, which saw them relegated to League One just over two years after winning the FA Cup.
Gary Caldwell prepared for his first full season in charge of the Latics with a 3-0 pre-season defeat at Blackburn Rovers before seeing his team lose 2-0 at Coventry on the opening day of the campaign.
On Tuesday, Wigan then let a 1-0 lead slip to lose at home to newly-promoted Bury in the League Cup.
However, Athletic's struggle for winning form stretches further back to the end of last season, where the club won only one and lost four of their final five matches.
Recent form: DLWLLL
Recent form (all competitions): LWLLLL
One the face of it, Doncaster's start to the season with a stalemate at Bury and drawing after 90 minutes at home to Leeds suggests an uneventful start to the season, but Vikings fans have had plenty of food for thought.
The drama wasn't over for the week as Lewis Cook scored early on for Leeds in their first-round Capital One Cup tie before he was sent off seven minutes before half time.
His dismissal allowed Paul Dickov's side to edge through via a penalty shootout and beat their Yorkshire rivals.
Doncaster have struggled for outright victories in recent months. Donny's win at home to Scunthorpe United was their only win from the final six games at the Keepmoat Stadium last term.
Dickov's side finished last season better on the road, with two wins and two draws in the final half-a-dozen outings.
However, a good run of pre-season results, including a 2-0 win over Premier League Sunderland, hints at a side that may have the potential to claim a playoff place.
Recent form: WDLLWD
Recent form (all competitions): DLLWDD
Wigan could decide to leave out Everton loanee Francisco Junior after he sat out the defeat against Bury.
The attacker may miss out at the expense of Craig Davies, who has been a second-half substitute in both of the Latics' games so far.
Caldwell will also decide whether to continue with Richard O'Donnell in goal or put his faith in new signing Jaaskelainen.
Dickov may look to restore Curtis Main to the starting lineup after the forward was an extra-time substitute against Leeds.
Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Jaaskelainen, Kenny, Daniels, Morgan, James, Perkins, Power, Davies, McCann, Jacobs, Grigg
Doncaster Rovers possible starting lineup:
Stuckmann, McCullough, Jones, Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, Coppinger, Chaplow, Wellens, Forrester, Main, Williams
Head To Head
Doncaster have proved to be something of a bogey team for Wigan in recent years, with Rovers winning four of the last six encounters in all competition.
However, the Latics enjoy a reasonable record at home to the Vikings, having lost only two league game at home since the sides first met in 1978, when Wigan were elected to the Football League.
Donny's last win of any kind at the DW Stadium came when a young Marc Albrighton scored the only goal in a LDV Vans Trophy victory in November 2002.
We say: Wigan 1-1 Doncaster
The bookmakers have Wigan as favourites to register their first victory of the season, but the Latics have struggled for form over several months, while Doncaster have looked like a tough team to beat in their first two outings. We've gone for the safety of a third straight 1-1 draw for the Vikings.
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