Latics head to Sheffield United in search of a second away victory of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
- Match Preview: Sheffield United v Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Latics are on the road in search of victory following defeat to Millwall on Tuesday.
- Latics supporters can pay on the day, with cash only accepted at the Away Ticket Office and a £2 increase on advance prices.5263
SHEFFIELD UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018
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Latics are on the road in search of victory against joint Sky Bet Championship leaders Sheffield United this weekend, with the Blades sat in third position on the same points as Middlesbrough and Leeds United after their 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City on Tuesday night.
Paul Cook's men are 12th in the table on 20 points, just four points from Norwich City in sixth, with a victory potentially lifting Latics as high as seventh.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Latics will play in the PUMA 2018-19 home kit sponsored by DW Fitness First and 3P Logistics.
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson & Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: Andrew Halliday
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook gave the latest update on his squad ahead of the Sky Bet Championship trip to Sheffield United on Saturday.
With Gavin Massey, Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg longer term concerns, Latics are also set to be without Darron Gibson, who is serving the final game of his suspension, and fellow midfielder Lee Evans who is ineligible to play against the club he is on loan from ahead of his permanent January move to the DW Stadium.
"We're without Lee Evans on Saturday, I'm not entirely sure why that decision has been made when you take into account Sheffield United's situation with Millwall and Ryan Leonard earlier this season, but that's football and we have to adapt.
"We're stretched at the moment with injuries, but that's the exact reason we have built the squad we have.
"Nick Powell has taken a few hits in recent games so we could be without him this weekend. We have to manage Nick in the correct way and we've done that for 16 months now. We want the player we feel to be the best in the division to play every minute of every game, but that's not always possible. Naturally our supporters will be frustrated when they see him not in the starting XI or coming off in games and we feel that frustration as well, but it's about what's best for the player, that's the case with every player."
Latics made three changes for Tuesday's trip to Millwall, with Callum Connolly, James Vaughan and Kal Naismith all coming in for Nathan Byrne, Powell and Gary Roberts.
The starting XI on Tuesday was: Walton, James, Kipre, Dunkley, Burn, Connolly, Morsy, Evans, Naismith, Windass, Vaughan
Chris Wilder told the Sheffield Star that he has a couple of players who need to be assessed for the weekend, but wouldn't be drawn on the specifics:
“We’ll give them as long as possible but of course, I won't reveal names.
“I've said all along that the players who come in have to play well to stay in, and I’m delighted with dilemmas… the more the merrier, for me.
“The work that the players who aren’t playing are still putting in is outstanding, and we’ve got to keep an eye on those players to make sure they’re up to speed and ready to step in when needed.”
PODCAST - PAUL JEWELL AND DAN BURN
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