Latics hope to continue good record at Derby on Saturday.
- Latics unbeaten in last four visits to Derby
- High-flying Rams looking to stay top
- Latics hoping to extend unbeaten run to five
Derby County v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 25th October 2014
The iPro Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Latics travel to Derby County on Saturday looking to extend their good league run at the East Midlands outfit with Uwe Rosler’s side hoping to make it five unbeaten at Pride Park, now known as the iPro Stadium.
Last season’s New Years’ Day in encounter saw Jean Beausejour’s wonder goal earn Rosler’s side all three points and the German boss will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around.
Latics will be hoping to welcome back the likes of Emyr Huws and Don Cowie who have missed recent matches with knocks.
Tickets for the clash remain on sale at the DW Stadium ticket office whilst supporters can also pay on the day at an increased price of £28 for adults and from £17 for concessions.
LAST TIME OUT
Uwe Rosler continued his unbeaten start to life as Wigan Athletic manager, winning his second Sky Bet Championship away game in charge at the expense of Derby.
It was Jean Beausejour’s fine strike that proved the difference between the two sides as Derby’s nine-match unbeaten run was ended and Latics’ run of goalless draws also coming to a close.
DERBY COUNTY IN 2014/15 SO FAR
Wembley heartache meant Derby County would ply their trade in the Sky Bet Championship for a seventh consecutive season.
The Rams were beaten by a late Bobby Zamora goal for QPR in the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship final last time out and Steve McClaren’s side are looking to go all the way this time around.
With no notable departures, Derby look set for a strong season with the loan additions of Jordon Ibe, Jack Butland, former Latics Ryan Shotton and Leon Best.
The permanent signings of Zak Whitbread and George Thorne add equal quality to both defence and midfield with the Rams making a flying start to the campaign.
Derby’s only defeat of the campaign – a 3-2 loss at Charlton Athletic in August – has been followed up by a 12-game unbeaten run going into Saturday’s clash with impressive wins over Reading, Fulham and Blackburn proving particular stand-outs.
McClaren’s side have won six and drawn two of their games at the iPro Stadium and their last six games, including three away, have returned clean sheets.
MAN TO WATCH – CHRIS MARTIN
Joint top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with nine league goals, Chris Martin – who has ten in 16 games in all competitions – has picked up where he left off in 2013/14.
The powerful frontman has 35 goals in 67 games since making his initial loan spell from Norwich City permanent in May 2013.
A youth graduate with the Canaries, Martin scored 34 goals in 115 games for the Carrow Road outfit whilst also enjoying loan spells with Luton Town, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town during his seven-year stay with the Norfolk club.
Since signing for the Rams, Martin’s reputation has grown and he has been recognised by the Scottish national team, earning three caps in 2014.