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MATCH PREVIEW: ASTON VILLA V WIGAN ATHLETIC

10 August 2018

Latics prepare for the first away day of the season against Aston Villa.

  • Match Preview: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Listen Live: Follow the match on iFollow Latics with live audio commentary in the UK and live streaming outside of the UK.
  • Latics take on their first away fixture of the 2018/19 campaign at Villa Park.

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ASTON VILLA v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
VILLA PARK
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

PREVIEW

Latics head to Aston Villa for the first away day of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season hoping to make it two victories from the opening two games following last weekend's 3-2 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium.

Former Latics boss Steve Bruce welcomes his old side to Villa Park with exactly the same aim in mind after their 3-1 win at Hull City on Monday.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Latics will play in the brand new PUMA 2018-19 home kit sponsored by DW Fitness First and 3P Logistics.

OFFICIALS

Referee - Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1 - Shaun Hudson
Assistant Referee 2 - Nick Hopton
Fourth Official - Mark Heywood

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Head to Head Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

EARLY TEAM NEWS

ASTON VILLA

Speaking live on avfc.co.uk, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said all of his new signings could feature on Saturday against Latics, with John McGinn arriving from Hibernian, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland added from Ingolstadt and defender Axel Tuanzebe (now in his second spell on loan from Manchester United) all drafted in.

In terms of injury and fitness, Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan are doubts, but Mile Jedinak will be available for Villa following a recent illness.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Six Latics players could make debuts this weekend, with Callum Connolly and Lee Evans both looking to make their second debuts for the club after returning on loan, whilst Josh Windass and Joe Garner also arrived on transfer deadline day. Leo Da Silva Lopes and Kal Naismith arrived earlier in the summer and are yet to make their competitive debuts.

Dan Burn, who is on loan at Latics until January after agreeing a deadline day move to join Brighton & Hove Albion, will miss out through injury, whilst Nathan Byrne also missed out on the opening day of the season due to a pre-season knock.

FIVE GREAT GOALS



PLAYER FOR BOTH



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REPORT: ASTON VILLA 3 – 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC

11 August 2018

Battling performance from Latics goes unrewarded as Aston Villa steal late win at Villa Park.

  • Match Report: Aston Villa 3 – 2 Wigan Athletic
  • Goals from Nick Powell and Callum Connolly gave Latics a 2-1 lead.
  • Birkir Bjarnason steals late win for Villa after James Chester had opened the scoring for the hosts.

Attendance: 34,331

ASTON VILLA 3
CHESTER 13
DUNKLEY (OG) 63
BJARNASON 90+3

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
POWELL 41
CONNOLLY 55

Latics were dealt a cruel late blow at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon but they must take heart from a battling effort at Villa Park.

Birkir Bjarnason got the late winner for the hosts in the third minute of stoppage time after Nick Powell had cancelled out James Chester’s opener and Callum Connolly had put Latics ahead, scoring for the second time on a Latics debut. That goal was cancelled out by an unfortunate Chey Dunkley own goal.

Paul Cook was forced into changes for Latics’ second game of the season as both Gavin Massey and Darron Gibson missed the trip to Villa Park through injury. Callum McManaman and Connolly were the replacements with Josh Windass and Lee Evans making the bench after their Deadline Day moves.

Latics were intense from the off and forced an early error from the Aston Villa backline before Will Grigg laid off for Powell, who dragged his shot wide.

It took just another couple of minutes for Latics to have another effort as Michael Jacobs shot over from 25 yards as Latics controlled the opening stages.

The hosts got the lead against the run of play, though, and the free-kick from which Steve Bruce’s side scored was debatable as Connolly was adjudged to have fouled Jack Grealish. The ball into the box caused indecision from Latics and Villa captain Chester headed in for 1-0.

Latics reacted well, though, and had a good chance to equalise as McManaman, Grigg and Powell linked up before the latter fed Antonee Robinson, whose shot was saved by Orjan Nyland in the Villa goal.

Cook’s side continued to push for an equaliser and good play from Robinson down the left forced a corner which led to two Latics chances. Firstly, Powell saw a header cleared off the line and deflected for another corner, from which Kipre fired over from eight yards.

At the other end, Christian Walton made a good save from a John McGinn shot and Axel Tuanzabe headed over at close range.

Latics got their leveller just before half-time, though, as Grigg and Powell pressed high up the pitch and the latter got close enough to Nyland to block his clearance and watch with delight as the ball bounced into the Villa goal for 1-1.

Early in the second-half, Villa had a chance to go back in front as Andre Green’s deep cross was headed off target at the back post by Jonathan Kodjia.

Latics felt they should have had a penalty soon after as Chey Dunkley looked to have been brought down in the area. However, seconds later, Latics were ahead as a sensational ball from Powell was headed home by Connolly on his second debut for the club.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Villa got a fortunate second when a Kipre clearance from a McGinn corner bounced off Dunkley into his own goal.

Mile Jedinak may then feel as if he should have put Villa back in front as he headed off target when well placed from a McGinn cross.

It was almost a dream Latics debut for Windass, who within two minutes of coming on made a great run to the back and met a wonderful Evans cross, only to head over. The two substitutes almost making an instant impact.

Latics had another chance for a third as the game entered its final ten minutes; Reece James crossing for Jacobs who headed wide at the back post.

After Windass had seen another effort deflected wide, Latics were dealt a cruel late blow as Bjarnason met McGinn’s cross in the third minute of stoppage time.

Aston Villa: Nyland; Tuanzebe (Adomah 64), Chester (Capt), Jedinak, Hutton; Bjarnason; Elmohamady, McGinn, Grealish, Green (Hepburn-Murphy 73); Kodjia (Hourihane 86)
Subs: Moreira, Taylor, Whelan, Elphick.

Latics: Walton; James, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson; Morsy (Capt), Connolly; McManaman (Evans 53), Powell (Windass 67) Jacobs; Grigg (Vaughan 79)
Subs: Jones, Walker, Bruce, Roberts.

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Ticket News

ONLY 100 TICKETS REMAINING FOR ASTON VILLA AWAY - NO PAY ON THE DAY!

10 August 2018

Only 100 tickets remain for Latics' trip to Aston Villa on Saturday 10 August. There will be no pay on the day facility as this match is all-ticket. Supporters can phone 01942 311111 and arrange to collect tickets at Villa Park before 3pm.

  • NO Pay on the Day at Villa Park - Aston Villa v Latics an all-ticket fixture
  • Only 100 tickets remain for the clash at Villa Park - purchase in person at the DW Stadium or call 01942 311111 before 3pm to arrange collection at the DW or Villa Park
  • Latics have allocation of 1,453 tickets for clash with Steve Bruce's side.

ASTON VILLA v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
VILLA PARK
KICK-OFF 3PM

Latics supporters should be aware that there will be strictly no pay on the day at Villa Park on Saturday - this fixture is now all-ticket.

Only 100 tickets remain for the clash at Villa Park and supporters can purchase in person at the DW Stadium or call 01942 311111 before 3pm to arrange collection at the DW or Villa Park.

Latics have allocation of 1,453 tickets for clash with Steve Bruce's side and tickets are priced as follows:

PRICES
Adult - 
£30
Over 65s/Full-Time Students/Armed Forces – £20
Under 21s - £17
Under 18s - £10

Ambulant Disabled Supporters (Personal Assistant Free of Charge)

Adult - £25
Concessions - £20
Under 21s - £17
Under 18s - £10

WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO ENCROACH ON THE PITCH AND/OR TO USE PYROTECHNIC DEVICES AT MATCHES.

CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND BANNING ORDERS COULD RESULT IF ANYONE BREAKS THE LAW IN THIS WAY.

PLEASE RESPECT THE LAW AND THE GOOD NAME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC.

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