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18 October 2013

We look ahead to the lunchtime clash by the seaside

Blackpool v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 19 October, kick off 12.15pm
Bloomfield Road

Match Preview

Owen Coyle takes his team to the seaside for Saturday’s early kick off against a Blackpool side who started the season strongly winning five of their first six Championship fixtures. But the Seasiders’ form has slipped of late, Paul Ince’s men are without a win since they beat Bournemouth 2-1 on 14 September – drawing four of their last five and losing the other to Millwall, the Lions first win of the season.

This fixture has produced plenty of goals recently with the last 10 meetings between Wigan Athletic and Blackpool producing 37 goals in total with four goals in each of the last two league meetings.

Team News

Wigan Athletic could welcome back to the starting line up striker Grant Holt who was a second half substitute during the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in which his header lead to the Tommy Spurr own goal.

Owen Coyle is hopeful that striker Marc-Antoine Fortune could be back in contention for the game leaving long term casualties Gary Caldwell, Ali Al Habsi, Ivan Ramis and Shaun Maloney on the sidelines.

Perhaps the most significant miss for our hosts will be their manager Paul Ince who begins a five-match stadium ban. He cannot enter a stadium where Blackpool are playing until November 30.

On the field, the Tangerines are more or less at full strength despite a mini baby-boom at Bloomfield Road with Kirk Broadfoot, Bob Harris and Angel Martinez all celebrating the birth of babies this week. Midfielder Barry Ferguson is three or four weeks away from a return but Paul Ince has reported that all his international players have returned fit and well and available for Saturday.

Head to Head

There have been 33 previous meetings between the two sides with Wigan leading our hosts with 14 wins to Blackpool’s 10. [Click here] to see our head to head stats page, simply select Blackpool from the drop down menu for a full list of previous meetings.

Last League Line Ups

Blackpool (v Charlton [A] D0-0): M Gilks, G MacKenzie, K Broadfoot (yellow card), C Cathcart, J Robinson, S Dobbie (T Barkhuizen, 83), I Osbourne (D Gosling, 74), N Bishop, C Basham, T Ince (yellow card), R Fuller (S Davies, 79)
Subs not used: B Orr, M Chopra, R Grant, Angel

Wigan Athletic (v Blackburn [H] W2-1): S Carson, L Barnett (yellow card), J Perch (yellow card), R Shotton (yellow card) (E Boyce, 62), T Rogne (G Holt, 57), B Watson, J Beausejour, J McArthur (C McCann, 83), J McClean, J Gomez, N Powell
Subs note used: N Dicko, L Nicholls, R Espinoza, J Garcia

Last Time We Met

Blackpool 1 Wigan Athletic 3
Bloomfield Road, 16 April 2011. Att. 16,030

The last time we travelled to the seaside, it was the run-in to a nail biting season with the game being billed as one crucial if Latics were to retain their Premier League status. As will be the case this Saturday 2300 Wigan Athletic supporters made the trip to Bloomfield Road to support the team, and the players didn’t let the fans down as goals from Hugo Rodallega, Charles N’Zogbia and Mohamed Diame sealed a vital 3-1 win.

Blackpool: M Gilks, N Eardley, C Cathcart, S Crainey (yellow card), I Evatt (yellow card), K Southern, C Adam, L Varney (J Puncheon, 59), G Taylor-Fletcher (M Phillips, 58), D Campbell, E Grandin (J Beattie, 58).
Subs not used: A Baptiste, R Kingson, B Ormerod, L Sylvestre.

Wigan: A Al Habsi, G Caldwell, S Gohouri, E Boyce, A Alcaraz, B Watson, C N'Zogbia (C Sammon, 77), M Diame (J Gomez, 80), T Cleverley, J McCarthy (yellow card), H Rodallega (yellow card).
Subs not used: N Dicko, L Nicholls, R Espinoza, J Garcia.

Form Guide

A look at the last six games for both teams.


05 Oct 2013 – Championship – Charlton (A) D0-0
01 Oct 2013 – Championship – Bolton (H) D0-0
27 Sep 2013 – Championship – Huddersfield (A) D1-1
21 Sep 2013 – Championship – Leicester (H) D2-2
17 Sep 2013 – Championship – Millwall (A) L3-1
14 Sep 2013 – Championship – Bournemouth (A) W1-2

Wigan Athletic

06 Oct 2013 – Championship – Blackburn (H) W2-1
03 Oct 2013 – Europa League – NK Maribor (H) W3-1
28 Sep 2013 – Championship – Watford (A) L1-0
24 Sep 2013 – League Cup – Man City (A) L5-0
22 Sep 2013 – Championship – Ipswich Town (H) W2-0
19 Sep 2013 – Europa League – Zulte Waregem (A)D0-0

Match Officials

Referee: Mark Haywood

This will be only the 2nd Championship fixture that the West Yorkshire man has officiated this season, the other being Nottingham Forest's 3-0 win over Bolton in August.  Haywood has also refereed two League Cup fixtures, four League Two games one Football League Trophy game in which he has dished out 26 yellow and two red cards.

Assistant Referees: Martin Coy and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Michael Naylor

Everybody Else (Sat, 3pm unless stated)

Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Blackburn v Charlton
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich v Burnely
Leicester v Huddersfield
Millwall v QPR
Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth
Reading v Doncaster
Watford v Derby
Yeovil v Brighton
Leeds v Birmingham (Sun, 1.15pm)

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