Latics begin their 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup campaign with a Third Round tie at The Hawthorns on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).
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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v WIGAN ATHLETIC
EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND
SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019
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Latics will look to reignite their campaign when they start their Emirates FA Cup journey for 2018-19 with a testing trip to fellow Championship side West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies, who have won six of their last ten games, were FA Cup winners in 1954 and 1968 having also won the cup in 1888, 1892 and 1931. They have, however, exited at the Third Round stage in four of their last eight seasons, though they were semi-finalists as a Championship side in 2008 and quarter-finalists in 2015 too.
Latics’ recent FA Cup history paints a successful story; winners in 2013, Uwe Rosler also took his side to the semi-finals a year later and of course Paul Cook’s League One Latics made the quarter-finals last year, beating Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City along the way.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Referee – Keith Stroud
Assistant Referee 1 – Steven Meredith
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark Pottage
Fourth Official – Josh Smith
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre ahead of his side's Emirates FA Cup third round trip to West Bromwich Albion, assistant manager Leam Richardson gave updates on Gavin Massey, Nick Powell and Michael Jacobs, as well as hints towards the squad travelling to the Hawthorns.
"It's been great to see Nick and Crackers back out there again this week," Richardson began.
"They're making good progress and naturally we've missed them both because they were key players last season and earlier this season.
"We're missing Gavin (Massey) again now after he pulled up on Tuesday, but we're talking weeks rather than months like last time."
On Saturday's team against the Baggies, Richardson continued.
"We'll field the strongest possible team that we believe will get the result. It's (the FA Cup) not too much of a distraction for us, especially as we're playing a team from our division.
"We've been monitoring a few players daily because of the tough period over Christmas with travelling and the games, but it's been a good working week and we've allowed certain players to rest."
When asked if any of Latics' younger players will be involved on Saturday, Richardson added:
"It's unlikely because our young players have had a tough period themselves in terms of fixture build-up."
Returning loan player Jamie Walker is cup tied, having already played in the competition on loan at Peterborough United.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
As reported by the Express and Star, Darren Moore is weighing up his options ahead of the third round tie, saying:
“Because of the demands and schedule for this Christmas period, we’ll look at the squad,”
“We’ll make decisions accordingly. It’s a very important game to us and we’ll be preparing in detail to try and get a result and respond to defeat.”
Moore's options were extended this week with the addition of defender Mason Holgate on loan from Everton, as well as 21-year-old central defender Jack Fitzwater who has returned from his loan spell with Walsall and is expected to feature before returning to the Saddlers for the second half of the season.
Midfielder Jake Livermore will be absent for the next four matches through suspension, whilst Dwight Gayle and Ahmed Hegazi won't be rushed into returns from injury.
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