Latics are back under the lights at the DW Stadium to take on Bristol City!
- Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Latics return to the DW Stadium for the second of two home games this week.
- Tickets available in advance and on the day.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRISTOL CITY
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2018
- TICKETS: Cash turnstiles on the East and South or buy in advance.
- WATCH: Classic action against Bristol City with Three of a Kind.
- CORAL: Latics to win and both teams to score was 3/1 now 4/1.
Latics are straight back under the lights for the visit of Bristol City, with Paul Cook's men looking to make it back-to-back DW Stadium victories in the space of three days following the 2-1 win against Hull City on Tuesday evening.
Lee Johnson's visiting Robins will be determined to bounce back from a 4-2 loss away to West Bromwich Albion earlier in the week. Despite defeat agaibst the Baggies, Bristol City arrive at the DW in a good run of form, having won their previous four matches.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Referee - Oliver Langford
Assistant Referee 1 - Adam Crysell
Assistant Referee 2 - Akil Howson
Fourth Official - Tony Harrington
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
11 March 2017 - Latics 0 Bristol City 1
6 August 2016 - Bristol City 2 Latics 1 (Alex Gilbey)
10 January 2003 - Bristol City 0 Latics 1 (Peter Kennedy)
17 August 2002 - Latics 2 Bristol City 0 (Scott Green & Lee McCulloch)
5 January 2002 - Bristol City 2 Latics 2 (Lee McCulloch and Jason De Vos)
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of Friday night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City at the DW Stadium, Latics boss Paul Cook said he will be forced to make changes to face Lee Johnson's side.
"We'll have players missing tomorrow night," Cook began, "but I won't got into that in too much depth.
"Tuesday night has taken its toll on a couple of the lads, but it is what it is and it gives other lads opportunities to come in.
"Would we change the team Saturday-Tuesday-Friday regardless? Probably, yes. Maybe we should.
"We're going to have some enforced changes and that will be decided today (Thursday) and then we look forwards to how we want to play and how we can win the game.
"We've had some bumps and bruises this season. We've just had Michael Jacobs out for four or five weeks, Gavin Massey will be out for a period of time and Dan Burn is just coming back.
"We're going to be a little bit short on Friday night in terms of our usual starting XI, but that gives the rest of the squad the perfect opportunity to show themselves on the pitch.
"We'll have a longer break next week which will allow us to get some of the numbers back.
"This isn't me feeling in any way sorry for us because I'm not. This is what people don't really see behind the scenes."
Callum McManaman missed out on Tuesday night's 2-1 victory against Hull City because of a forced withdrawal from the squad due to injury late on, with Cook yet to learn his winger's availability.
"Callum McManaman isn't out long term, but I'm not sure if he'll make Bristol City. It's disappointing for him because these game periods come around and give players opportunities for lads to get more and more minutes, you only have to go back to the Rotherham game when Cal and Vaughany came on and got us the goal."
The Robins have had key players missing from the outset this season, with goalkeeper Frank Fielding suffering from an ankle ligament injury, meaning summer signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, Niki Maenpaa has been ever-present between the sticks.
Captain Bailey Wright has also suffered with a recurrence of a thigh injury, whilst Korey Smith has been missing since mid-August's defeat to Middlesbrough with a knee complaint.
According to manager Lee Johnson in the Bristol Post, defender Jens Hegeler and summer signing Mo Eisa are both improving well through their recoveries.
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