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PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM V WIGAN ATHLETIC

21 August 2015

Latics face second league away fixture of the season at high-flying Gillingham.

  • Kent outfit have won three and drawn one of their opening four fixtures in all competitions.
  • First meeting in over ten years with Latics’ last visit to Priestfield ending in a 2-1 defeat.
  • Latics could be unchanged for the first time this season.
Wigan Athletic head south to Gillingham on Saturday (3pm kick-off) as they look to build on their first win of the campaign against Scunthorpe United in midweek.

An unchanged side is a rare possibility for Gary Caldwell as, prior to today’s training session in the capital, no new injury concerns were reported.

Don Cowie, Emyr Huws, Grant Holt and Tim Chow remain absentees whilst the hosts, who have started the season in fine fettle, could welcome back Cody McDonald.

A win for Latics could see them move into the top six, whilst the Gills will go top if they win and Coventry City fail to.

GILLINGHAM FC

A mid-season revival following the appointment of Justin Edinburgh ensured Gillingham would be plying their trade in the third tier again this time around.

The former Newport County boss replaced Peter Taylor as manager in February and has impressed since his arrival at the Priestfield Stadium.

His summer work included the arrivals of Max Ehmer (QPR), Bradley Garmston (West Brom), Rory Donnelly (Swansea City) and Josh Wright (Leyton Orient).

Ryan Jackson also signed, Edinburg recruiting the left back from his former club Newport County.

Joe Martin (Millwall), Leon Legge (Cambridge United) and Gavin Hoyte left the Kent outfit whilst Jordan Houghton (Chelsea) and Adedeji Oshilaja (Cardiff City) joined on loan deals.

A mixed bag of results in pre-season left the Gills with plenty to ponder ahead of the new campaign but they got off to a flyer with a 4-0 success over Sheffield United, Oshilaja notching on his debut.

That win was followed by a 2-1 Capital One Cup success over Plymouth Argyle before a draw at Port Vale and 2-1 success at Bradford City on Saturday lifted Edinburgh’s side to 2nd in the table ahead of Saturday’s clash.

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