Latics look to make it four home wins in a row when Walsall visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.
- Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Walsall.
- All of the key information ahead of the game
- Tickets Adults £22 in advance, Over 65s £15.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v WALSALL
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm
PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Paul Cook will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when the Saddlers ride into Wigan, which would also be a 4th consecutive victory at the DW after a maximum points haul from Bristol Rovers, Northampton Town and Tuesday’s narrow win over Plymouth Argyle.
Cook described those last two as ‘vital’ and the sort of results that you can look back on at the end of the season with a real feeling of satisfaction because it was persistence and game-management that earned their rewards.
He warned that the match against the Saddlers on Saturday could be another tight game and as always was quick to praise the opposition. He said: “Walsall have got some really good players and you can see from some of their results that they will be a threat.”
Turkish midfielder Erhun Oztumer is the side’s top scorer on five goals so far and is clearly the dangerman for The Saddlers and Latics will have to be on guard against him.
The Saddlers’ manager Jon Whitney spent three months on loan at Latics as a player in 1995, and has been a loyal servant to the club, fulfilling many roles from physiotherapist to coaching at different age levels, until he was offered the position permanently after a successful period as caretaker in 2015-16.
Jon Whitney – loyal servant
FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX
Latics – DLWWWLW, 13 points
Walsall – WWLDWD, 11 points
Walsall come to the DW unbeaten in three, after a first away win of the season at Oxford United last Saturday before a dramatic finish to the game at the Banks’s on Tuesday. Ricky Holmes put visitors Charlton Athletic ahead with a spectacular 88th minute volley before Dan Agyei saved a point a minute later.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
The teams last met in 2015-16, when Latics won the game at the Banks’s Stadium thanks to a dramatic late equaliser from Yanic Wildschut. The last game here, earlier that season, ended in a stalemate.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978
League: Latics 14 wins, Walsall 9 wins and 7 draws
FA Cup: 1 Walsall win
Home record (league only): Latics 10 wins, Walsall 3 wins, 3 draws
Yanic Wildschut and Reece Wabara celebrate the victory in February 2016
Very few players link the teams. Will Grigg was Player of the Year at The Banks’s Stadium in 2012 before leaving for pastures new and arriving at Latics via Brentford and MK Dons, while manager Jon Whitney, as has been mentioned is a former Latics loanee. Richard O’Donnell was Player of The Year at Walsall too before joining Latics, while Chris Hutchings has managed both too. Gavor Bukran and Gino Padula also played for both.
Will Grigg, in both team’s colours