The international fixtures are over and Latics are back at the DW Stadium against Brentford FC on Saturday
- Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Brentford FC.
- Latics host the Bees as Paul Cook's men go in search of back-to-back victories!
- Latics aiming to build on impressive 2018-19 home form.
WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRENTFORD FC
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SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019
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- PODCAST: Lee Evans, Michael Jacobs, Christian Walton and Ian Kilford.
Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium aiming to make it back-to-back Sky Bet Championship victories when Brentford FC rock up on Saturday afternoon!
Goals from Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Leon Clarke earned a dominant 5-2 win against Bolton Wanderers before the international break, meaning Latics start the day in 19th position on 39 points, three points clear of Rotherham United in 22nd.
Birmingham City's nine-point deduction means Latics could finish the weekend in 18th place should Cook's side pick up all three points against Thomas Frank's Brentford and and Blues lose to neighbours West Bromwich Albion on Friday night.
The Bees are 13th in the Championship on 49 points, eight points from the play-off places after back-to-back defeats dented their play-off hopes.
West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City (Friday, 8.00pm)
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Rotherham United
Ipswich Town v Hull City
Leeds United v Millwall
Nottingham Forest v Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers
Reading v Preston North End
Sheffield United v Bristol City
Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Norwich City (5.30pm)
Referee - Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Jones
Assistant Referee 2 - Adrian Waters
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Latics were handed some positive fitness news during the international break, with Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington returning to training.
Speaking in his pre-match press call, Latics boss Paul Cook said:
"We've had a great couple of weeks. Players who needed to rest have been given the right amount of rest, and as a group we've tried a couple of different training techniques to keep on top of our fitness.
"We were at Blundell's Boxing Gym again and the lads love those sessions. The guys at the gym are great with our lads, they teach them different drills to improve strength and they certainly keep us on our toes.
"As an aside to that, we've added two more to the training group with Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington back in training and they're both fit and available for selection on Saturday."
Reece James, Lee Evans and Antonee Robinson all travelled with their national squads, with James involved in two England U20 fixtures, Evans made his first start for the Wales senior team and Robinson featured for USA's U23s.
Callum McManaman will make his 100th league appearance for Latics should he feature against the Bees on Saturday.
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Bees boss Thomas Frank told brentfordfc.com...
"Everybody is ready so it's up to me to pick. It could be just too early for some of them to be involved in the squad but it’s very close. Now it's about fitness, form, and performance. Everybody needs to compete to keep their place."
PODCAST - MICHAEL JACOBS, LEE EVANS, CHRISTIAN WALTON AND IAN KILFORD
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