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PREVIEW: LATICS WELCOME BRADFORD TO THE DW STADIUM

17 November 2017

Latics look to extend their unbeaten home run when they return to Sky Bet League One action at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Bradford City.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics v Bantams.
  • Tickets Adults £25 in advance, Over 65s £15.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRADFORD CITY
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
DW STADIUM
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Paul Cook will be looking for his side to make it eight unbeaten in Sky Bet League One when the Bantams land in Wigan, a run of matches which has seen his Latics side concede just three goals.

Latics missed out on league action last weekend due to the international fixtures involving Sam Morsy, Lee Evans, Matija Sarkic and Owen Evans, but it did them no harm in the league table, with this weekend’s visitors Bradford City failing to make up ground following their 1-0 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle.

The break from competitive action has been a good healing process for Latics, with players getting the chance to rest up ahead of the busy winter period and those on the treatment table putting in the much-needed hours on the training pitch.

Ahead of the fixture, manager Paul Cook revealed that work at the training ground has paid off for Michael Jacobs, who is now available again after three weeks following a thigh injury.

Bradford boss Stuart McCall has challenged his players to ‘compete with title favourites’ ahead of their visit to the DW, telling the club’s website: “I feel Wigan have the strongest squad in the division at the moment in terms of depth, quality and experience.  I expect them to go straight back up as champions, having said that I also expect us to go there and put in a really strong performance.”

Stuart McCall

Stuart McCall – Bantams favourite

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

Latics – WWWDWD, 14 points

Bradford – WLDLWL, 7 points

Bradford arrive at the DW Stadium with just one win in their last five matches, halting the progress made earlier in the season, but holding firm in the top six with 30 points in fourth place, level with third place Charlton Athletic.

Latics’ excellent recent form has kept them snapping at the heels of league leader Shrewsbury Town with just one point between the two sides ahead of kick off this weekend.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

The teams last met in March 2016 at the DW Stadium, when Haris Vuckic’s solitary strike with 10 minutes remaining handed Latics a 1-0 victory and three crucial points on their way to the League One title and promotion back to the Championship.  The Slovenian forward was not only celebrating a match-winner, but the birth of his first child as well.

In Detail:

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League:  Latics 9 wins, Bradford 9 wins and 6 draws

FA Cup: Latics 1 win, 1 draw

League Cup: Bradford 1 win (on penalties)

Home record (league only): Latics 8 wins, Bradford 4 wins

Haris Vuckic Celebration

Haris Vuckic celebrates the birth of his new-born baby with a goal against the Bantams.

CONNECTIONS

A host of players link the two teams together, including current Latics loanee Lee Evans who spent time at Valley Parade in 2015-16 and Development Squad Coach Peter Atherton who started his career at Springfield Park and represented the Bantams in the Premier League.

The big link between the two clubs is arguably Paul Jewell, a man who played for and managed both clubs during his time on and off the field.  A forward during his playing days, Jewell scored 91 league goals across both clubs, 35 for Latics in 137 appearances and 56 for the Bantams in 269.  It was off the field where he made his mark the most for Latics, steering the club into the second tier and top flight for the first time in our history during the mid-2000s, having previously led Bradford into the top tier in 1999 after a 77 year absence.

Paul Jewell - Promotion

Jewell in the crown – Paul celebrates Latics’ promotion to the Premier League in 2005.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: LATICS 1 - 2 BRADFORD CITY

18 November 2017

Latics beaten on home soil in the league for the first time this campaign.

  • Match Report: Latics v Bradford City 
  • Charlie Wyke netted the game's opener before Chey Dunkley equalised.
  • Substitute Tyrell Robinson earned the visitors all three points late on.

Wigan Athletic slipped to their first home league defeat of the season this afternoon as they were narrowly beaten at the DW Stadium.

Stuart McCall’s men went ahead through Charlie Wyke after 14 minutes before Dunkley headed home from a corner for his third goal of the season.

Substitute Tyrell Robinson won the game for the Bantams in second half injury time as his strike from the left flew past Jamie Jones.

Latics were unchanged from their last league game against Blackburn Rovers, with Michael Jacobs recovering from his recent thigh injury to return to the side.

Paul Cook’s side started the game strongly, and Nick Powell was thwarted on the edge of the box as his low strike was blocked by a visiting defender.

In reply, Wyke wasted a good opportunity for the Bantams inside the area while Nathaniel Knight-Percival volleyed over at the back post.

The visitors went ahead just before the quarter hour mark when Wyke bundled home from close range despite Jones’ best efforts.

Captain Samy Morsy later saw a shot cleared off the line however Latics did find a leveller through Dunkley who powered a header home from a corner.

Wyke then struck the bar before Jacobs stung the palms of keeper Colin Doyle with a thunderous drive from distance.

In the second period, Ivan Toney went close while substitute David Perkins drew a save out of Doyle with a header at the back post.

Dan Burn then denied Paul Taylor a certain goal as he superbly blocked his side footed effort inside the box. 

With quarter of an hour remaining, Jacobs and Toney both shot off target as Latics were restricted to efforts from distance.

Robinson struck late on though as his fierce effort from 20 yards beat Jones in the Latics goal.

Latics: Jones; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Morsy (Capt), Power; Massey (Perkins 54), Powell (Roberts 29), Jacobs (Grigg 90+3); Toney.

Subs: Sarkic, Perkins, Evans, Grigg, Bruce, Roberts, Colclough.

Bradford City: Doyle; McMahon, Kilgallon, Hendrie, Knight-Percival; Law, Vincelot, Reeves; Wyke, Gilliead, Taylor (Robinson 85).

Subs: Sattelmaier, Thompson, Jones, Robinson, McCartan, Poleon, Pybus.

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PAY ON THE DAY FOR LATICS V BRADFORD CITY

17 November 2017

Supporters can pay cash on the turnstiles at the South and East Stands on Saturday when we host Bradford City at the DW Stadium.

Fans can pay cash on the turnstiles for Latics' eagerly-anticipated return to Sky Bet League One action against Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

With the Bantams backed by a 3,000-strong travelling support and Paul Cook's side looking to continue their unbeaten run at home in Sky Bet League One, it is set to be an exciting afternoon of football at the DW Stadium.

Tickets, which can still be purchased in advance online here - or via the DW Stadium Ticket Office until 5pm Friday - are priced as follows:

CATEGORY B - ALL STANDS
Adults - £25 advance / £27 on day
Over 65s - £15 advance / £17 on day
Under 18s - £10 
Under 11s - £5
Under 5s - £2

Buy your tickets online at www.wiganathletic.com/tickets, on the Credit Card Hotline 0871 66 33 552* or in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office. 

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Online tickets are subject to a £2 facility fee, unless you choose to print at home by selecting the option at the checkout.

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