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4 October 2013

Wigan Athletic prepare for their seventh game in 22 days with the visit of Blackburn Rovers to the DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Sky Bet Championship
Sunday 6 October 2013, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium, Wigan

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic continue a busy period for the club against Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium this Sunday.  The game will be the club's seventh in 22 days ahead of the international break next weekend.

Despite the heavy fixture schedule in recent weeks, Latics will kick off on Sunday three games behind everybody else.  But the game comes on the back of a big European night at the DW Stadium which saw Owen Coyle's side record a 3-1 win over NK Maribor in their first ever competitive European home game.

Blackburn too are on a high after back to back Championship wins against high flying Watford and Bournemouth.

Recent games between the two sides have produced plenty of goals, 17 in the last four meetings including a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium in November 2011 and previously a 4-3 win in February 2011.

Tickets for the game will be on sale on Saturday between 9am and Midday from the DW Stadium ticket office and will also be available on the day of the game from 10am from the West Stand tickets office and from midday from the East Stand ticket office.

Video Previews

Owen Coyle speaking after Thursday night's win over Maribor in the UEFA Europa League [watch now].
Ben Watson and Scott Carson spoke to Latics Player on Thursday night. [watch now]
Derby games according to Roger Espinoza. [available soon

Team News

Manager Owen Coyle hinted after Thursday's Europa League clash with Maribor that striker Grant Holt could be involved in the game after picking up an injury he picked up 9 games ago against Middlesbrough.  Ali Al Habsi, Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Shaun Maloney remain on the sidelines. Marc-Antoine Fortune will also miss the game but isn't to far away from a return.

Scott Dann could be available for Rovers with manager Gary Bowyer vowing to give the defender as long as possible to put his hand up for the game.  The 26-year-old limped off late in the win over Watford.  David Dunn, Dickson Etuhu, DJ Campbell, Adam Henley and Paul Robinson are all unlikely to feature.

Form Guide

Wigan Athletic
03/10/2013Europa LeagueNK Maribor (H)W3-1
28/09/2013ChampionshipWatford (A)L1-0
24/09/2013League CupMan City (A)L5-0
22/09/2013ChampionshipIpswich Town (H)W2-0
19/09/2013Europa LeagueZulte Waregem (A)D0-0
Blackburn Rovers
01/10/2013ChampionshipWatford (H)W1-0
28/09/2013ChampionshipBournemouth (A)W1-3
21/09/2013ChampionshipHuddersfield (H)D0-0
17/09/2013ChampionshipLeicester (A)L2-1
14/09/2013ChampionshipBurnley (A)D1-1

Last League Line Ups

Wigan Athletic (v Watford [A] L1-0):
S Carson, L Barnett, J Perch, R Shotton, T Rogne (E Boyce, 85), B Watson yellow card, J Gomez, J McArthur, J McClean, M Fortune (C McManaman, 24), N Powell.
Subs not used: N Dicko, C McCann, L Nicholls, R Espinoza, J Beausejour

Blackburn Rovers (v Watford [H] W1-0): J Kean, T Kane, S Dann (M Kilgallon, 89), T Spurr, G Hanley, C Evans yellow card, T Cairney, J King (M Olsson, 83), J Lowe, L Best yellow card (B Marshall, 61), J Rhodes
Subs not used: A Judge, S Eastwood, L Williamson, A Marrow

Match Officials

Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Mark Griffiths and Glen Hart
4th Officials: Paul Graham

Everyone Else

Birmingham v Bolton
Bournemouth v Millwall
Burnley v Reading
Charlton v Blackpool
Derby v Leeds
Doncaster v Leicester
Huddersfield v Watford
Middlesbrough v Yeovil
QPR v Barnsley
Sheff Weds v Ipswich
Brighton v Nottm Forest

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