Latics open their Sky Bet League One campaign at Coventry City on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.
- Gary Caldwell and Tony Mowbray set for full season in charge of respective clubs.
- New-look Latics set for first visit to the Ricoh Arena backed by superb away following.
- Latics won three and drawn one of four league meetings between the two sides.
Gary Caldwell’s Wigan Athletic begin their pursuit of promotion from League One with a trip to Coventry City on Saturday as the football season kicks into life for 2015-16.
With a bumper following set to follow Latics down the M6, Caldwell and his players will be keen to get their campaign off to a winning start.
A limited number of tickets remain available at the ticket office on Friday for any Latics supporters yet to purchase for the trip to the Midlands whilst fans can also pay on the day.
Coventry City will be looking to improve on what was a narrow survival last season in Sky Bet League One as their final day victory at Crawley Town ensured they finished 17th in a close battle at the bottom of the third tier.
Experienced players such as Shaun Miller, Simeon Jackson, Adam Barton and Danny Pugh left the Sky Blues over the close season whilst they added to their squad with the arrivals of Sam Ricketts, Romain Vincelot and Ruben Lameiras as well as the loan signing of Adam Armstrong.
Mowbray’s squad has been supplemented by the fact that he has been able to reply on multiple players who have come through the club’s youth system which, by coincidence, was set on its way by current Latics academy manager Gregor Rioch.
Winless in pre-season, Coventry supporters will be keen to see how their side perform in the new campaign after defeats at Portsmouth and Cambridge United were combined with four draws with Nuneaton Town, Luton Town, Leamington and Oxford United.
Latics made their 14th addition of the summer in Sean Murray, who joined the club on loan from Watford, on Wednesday and are looking to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt after relegation last season.
Young talents such as Max Power, Will Grigg and Reece James have been backed up by the experienced additions of David Perkins, Craig Morgan and Kevin McNaughton.
Pre-season was indifferent in terms of results for Latics after wins over Hibernian and Queen of the South were followed up by a draw with Altrincham and win over Southport. A tour of Scotland began with a draw with Partick Thistle before defeats against Dundee and Blackburn Rovers concluded preparations.
Both sides will know the importance of starting the season well as last year’s automatically promoted sides, Bristol City and MK Dons, began the campaign in positive style: the Robins going unbeaten in their first 16 games, the Dons losing just once in their first six games.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Leon Barnett played for Coventry City between 2009 and 2010 whilst Sanmi Odelusi spent time on loan with the Sky Blues last season.