It's derby day at the DW Stadium as Latics host Bolton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship
- Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers.
- Latics host Phil Parkinson's Trotters as Paul Cook's men aim to their good home form this season.
- Latics aiming to claim a 14th league victory against their local rivals.
WIGAN ATHLETIC V BOLTON WANDERERS
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019
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Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium aiming to add to their impressive home form this campaign, with Bolton Wanderers visiting for the first time since March 2015.
The Trotters sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship on 29 points following their 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the week, with Latics seven points above in 21st place, level on points with Rotherham United in 22nd below them and Reading in 20th place above, whilst Millwall have one point more than all three teams with 37 in 19th.
Referee - Robert Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Nigel Lugg
Assistant Referee 2 - Graham Kane
Fourth Official - David Webb
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Latics return to the DW Stadium aiming to build on their strong Sky Bet Championship home form when Bolton Wanderers visit on Saturday, with Paul Cook likely to add to his squad options with the return to availability of Nathan Byrne who missed out on Tuesday's visit to Ewood Park due to illness.
Midfielder Lee Evans, who has been named in the Wales national squad for upcoming matches this month, was Byrne replacement, with Reece James reverting to right back.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, the manager confirmed
Should Callum McManaman feature this weekend, the winger will join Latics' 100 Club for EFL appearances.
Phil Parkinson welcomed a trio of players back into his squad for Bolton's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the week, with David Wheater, Jason Lowe and Craig Noone all returning the match day squad following suspensions.
Defender Wheater was an unused substitute as Jack Hobbs and Mark Beevers continued their partnership at the back, with Lowe featuring in midfield for the full 90 minutes and Noone getting 66 minutes upon his return.
Despite what Parkinson says are 'bumps and bruises' to his squad, his only injury concern remains with former Latics forward Yanic Wildschut whose return date from a serious ankle injury is yet to be determined.
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