Latics’ FA Cup run continues on the road at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.
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AFC BOURNEMOUTH V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EMIRATES FA CUP – THIRD ROUND
SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018
KICK OFF 3.00PM
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PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Latics head to the south coast looking to cause a cup upset against Premier League AFC Bournemouth and determined to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions, which currently stands at 10 matches.
Paul Cook’s side are flying in Sky Bet League One, unbeaten in eight games with an outstanding defensive record of six consecutive clean sheets.
Bournemouth’s season has been much tougher so far, winning just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions, a 2-1 home victory against Everton in their final fixture of 2017.
The two sides last met in the FA Cup at the start of Latics’ famous 2013 cup winning season. Mauro Boselli’s stunning long-range drive sent Roberto Martinez’s men into the fourth round with a 1-0 away replay win following a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
Ryan Fraser congratulated by his team mates after Bournemouth's recent win against Everton.
Latics boss Paul Cook told the press on Thursday morning that his side would be “full strength and ready to attack” when they arrive at the Vitality Stadium.
Ryan Colclough could return to the squad following a shoulder injury, Alex Bruce is struggling with a back problem, and Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are progressing well in full training.
For the Cherries, Eddie Howe will be without Jermain Defoe (fractured ankle) and could also be missing Josh King and Ryan Fraser who were both substituted in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Ryan Colclough could return to the squad after a shoulder injury.
FORM GUIDE - LAST FIVE IN ALL COMPETITIONS
AFC Bournemouth – LLDWD
Latics - WWDDW
HOME AND AWAY
AFC Bournemouth at home – 5 wins, 3 draws, 5 defeats, 18 scored, 18 conceded - LLWWDWLWLDLDW
Latics on the road – 9 wins, 3 draws, 3 defeats, 32 scored, 14 conceded – WWLDLWLWDWWDWWW
LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN ALL COMPETITIONS
AFC Bournemouth – Callum Wilson 6, Ryan Fraser 4, Josh King and Jermain Defoe 3
Latics – Nick Powell 11, Will Grigg 10, Michael Jacobs 7
FA Cup: Latics 2 wins, 1 draw – 5 scored, 1 conceded
League: Latics 13 wins, AFC Bournemouth 16 wins, 9 draws – 38 scored, 41 conceded
Latics’ away league record: 4 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats – 14 scored, 23 conceded
Saturday will be the 43rd meeting between Latics and the Cherries, and the bragging right are hanging finely in the balance over the 39 years the two teams have been doing battle.
In all competitions both clubs have won 16 times and battled out 10 draws.
Bournemouth have the edge in league meetings, but crucially it’s Latics who are on top in the FA Cup, drawing once and winning twice, the most recent of which came on 15th January 2013 at the start of Latics’ historic cup run.
A 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium 10 days earlier saw Jordi Gomez force a Tuesday night replay after Eunan O’Kane had the Cherries in front. Then a League One side, Bournemouth were keen to cause an upset, but Mauro Boselli proved the hero of the hour for Roberto Martinez’s men, thumping in the match winner inside the 18th minute to earn a fourth round trip to Macclesfield Town.
Mauro Boselli celebrates his match-winner with Angelo Henriquez and Fraser Fyvie.