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28 March 2014

Wigan Athletic make the short trip to the Reebok Stadium for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash

Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 29 March 2014, kick off 3.00pm
Reebok Stadium

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic travel the short distance to the Reebok Stadium this Saturday with an army of fans set to make the trip to cheer on Uwe Rosler’s side.  Nearly 3,500 fans will occupy the South stand at the Reebok for this 39th meeting between the two sides.

Wigan Athletic suffered their first defeat in 11 games at Loftus Road on Tuesday night and will be eager to get back to winning ways while Bolton Wanderers were 1-0 winners over Blackpool at the Reebok.

Both Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell travelled with team to QPR on Tuesday night with Caldwell named on the bench for game.  Both also played in a behind closed door friendly win over Hull City on Wednesday afternoon at the club’s Christopher Park training ground playing 90 minutes and 76 minutes respectively.

Ben Watson and Chris McCann remain on the long-term injury list.

For the hosts Loanee Alan Hutton is eligible to feature while Jermaine Beckford is also available having enjoyed cameo appearances in Wanderers last two outings.

Stuart Holden, Joe Riley, Darren Pratley and Marc Tierney all remain sidelined.

Head to Head

Latics have had the better of 13 of their league meetings with Bolton coming out on top on 11 occasions – there have been 9 draws. [Click here] to see out full head to head guide.

Form Guide

Bolton Wanderers (P6, W3, D2, L1)

25 Mar 2014 – Championship – Blackpool (H) – W1-0
22 Mar 2014 – Championship – Yeovil (A) – D2-2
15 Mar 2014 – Championship – Brighton (H) – L0-2
11 Mar 2014 – Championship – Derby (A) – D0-0
08 Mar 2014 – Championship – Leeds (A) – W1-5
01 Mar 2014 – Championship – Blackburn (H) – W4-0

Wigan Athletic (P6, W4, D1, L1)

25 Mar 2014 – Championship – QPR (A) – L1-0
22 Mar 2014 – Championship – Watford (H) – W2-1
18 Mar 2014 – Championship – Yeovil (H) – D3-3
15 Mar 2014 – Championship – Ipswich (A) – W1-3
12 Mar 2014 – Championship – Sheff Wed (A) – W0-3
09 Mar 2014 – FA Cup R6 – Man City (A) – W1-2

Last League Line ups

Bolton Wanderers (v Blackpool (H) W1-0): A Bogdan, A Hutton, Z Knight, D Wheater, T Ream, N Danns, M Davies (Chung-Yong Lee, 61), Medo, J Spearing, L Jutkiewicz (A Moritz, 82), J Mason (J Beckford, 68).
Subs not used: R Hall, L Trotter, A Lonergan, A Kellett.

Wigan Athletic (v QPR (A) L1-0): A Al Habsi, I Ramis, T Rogne (J Gomez, 73), R Kiernan, J Perch, S Crainey (J Beausejour, 61), J Collison, J McArthur yellow card, J McEachran (N Maynard, 80), J McClean, N Powell.
Subs not used: S Carson, M Waghorn, G Caldwell, M Fortune

Last Time We Met

The last encounter with Bolton Wanders was Uwe Rosler’s first league game in charge, Latics ran out 3-2 winners, Callum McManaman scored the winning goal.

Latics 3 – 2 Bolton
Watson 11’ (pen)      
Powell 24’  
Danns 49’
Moritz 64’
McManaman 68’

Att. 19,226 | Referee: Kevin Friend | Possession: 40% - 60%

Nick Powell's stunning overhead kick was the stand-out goal of the game.

Ben Watson fired Latics ahead from the penalty spot before Nick Powell’s overhead kick extended the lead in the 24th minute.  The visitors were back on level terms with a goal either side of halftime time, firstly Neil Dann’s followed by Andre Mortiz just after the break.  But it was Callum McManaman that sealed Rosler’s first league points on 68 minutes.

[Click here] to see the highlights of this game on You Tube.
[Click here] to read the official match report.

Match Officials

Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Scott Oldham
Assistant Referee 2 - Jason Whiteley
Fourth Official - Geoff Eltringham
Assessor - Michael Pike

Lincolnshire referee Darren Drysdale has issued 8 red cards in 29 games so far this season, three of them in one fixture, Southend’s 3-0 win over Mansfield Town in League 2 back in November.

This will be the first time that the 43-year-old RAF Sergeant has taken charge of either team.

Everybody Else

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

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