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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V CHARLTON ATHLETIC

20 February 2015

Latics host Charlton in search of back-to-back wins.

  • Latics looking to build on 1-0 win at Reading on Tuesday.
  • Charlton arrive at the DW off the back of a 3-0 win last weekend.
  • Tickets available until kick off at just £1 for juniors.

It's Friday night football at the DW Stadium as Malky Mackay's Wigan Athletic welcome Guy Luzon and his Charlton Athletic side for a 7.45pm kick off in the Sky Bet Championship.

Latics arrive back at the DW in a buoyant mood following Tuesday's hard-working victory over Reading, but come up against a Charlton side who comfortably saw off Brentford last Saturday with a 3-0 win at the Valley.

Chris McCann could be set for a return to the squad, but Latics may be without Don Cowie, Leon Barnett and Emmerson Boyce due to injuries.  On loan midfielder Chris Herd has returned to Aston Villa after the news of a season ending knee injury.

Tickets for tonight's game are available all day from the DW Stadium Ticket Office and up until kick off, with ALL junior tickets just £1 and adult tickets from just £15.  Please buy in advance when possible, to avoid queuing close to kick off.

LAST TIME OUT



Wigan Athletic 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Saturday 1 February 2014
DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship


A dramatic late comeback saw Latics grab all three points on Charlton Athletic’s last visit to the DW Stadium.

Latics made it just two defeats in 13 matches as Marc-Antoine Fortuné and Jordi Gomez secured a win inside the final two minutes after Marvin Sordell’s early goal looked to have given the Addicks a rare away success.

Seven points and four places off the play-off positions following this result, Latics couldn’t have got off to a worse start as Sordell, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, raced clear from Johnnie Jackson’s through ball and finished past Ali Al Habsi.

Three substitutes combined to turn the game on its head, as on loan midfielder Josh McEachran provided the assist for Fortune to level the score after Emmerson Boyce and Leon Barnett had gone close.

Then there was to be one final twist when Gomez hit a superb free-kick from 20 yards that Charlton goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien could not keep out.

CHARLTON IN 2014/15 SO FAR

Charlton’s 3-0 win last Saturday at home to Brentford was their first in 15 games after a poor run of form between December and February  has seen the early season play-off contenders drop into the bottom half and perilously close to the bottom three.

Bob Peeters was the man in charge at the Valley at the start of the campaign and the former Millwall striker oversaw an 11-game unbeaten start in the Sky Bet Championship, though six of those results were draws.

After ten games of the season, and wins over Latics, Derby County, Watford and Norwich City, the Addicks were two points behind the Canaries who were leaders in the second tier and placed nicely in seventh place.

A home win over Bolton Wanderers and a 1-0 success at Reading were the only successes prior to last Saturday’s win over Brentford since that victory at Carrow Road and early in January Peeters paid the price for a poor run of form following a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton.

A 5-0 defeat at Watford left the Addicks continuing their freefall before new boss Guy Luzon (pictured) led his side two back-to-back draws in his first two games in charge.



Defeats against Middlesbrough and Norwich followed and, without a win in four, Charlton were just three points above the drop-zone.

Barring the three sides in the relegation zone, and Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton are the lowest scorers in the Sky Bet Championship with just 31 goals in 31 games.

Three of those goals came in the win over the Bees last time out and, with 15 games remaining, a further five wins, would help Luzon’s side past the 50 points mark – a figure usually enough to survive in the second tier.

ONE TO WATCH - JOHANN BERG GUDMUNSSON



With seven goals this season in all competitions, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has proved to be a midfield menace for the Addicks since signing from AZ Alkmaar in the summer.

The Reykjavik-born wide player spent time in both Chelsea and Fulham’s academies before returning to Breidablik in his homeland in 2008.

In January 2009, Gudmundsson moved to AZ in the Dutch Eredivisie and he would spend five years with the club, helping them to win the KNVB Cup in 2013 and making 145 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

Since joining Charlton, Gudmundsson, who has been capped 34 times by his country, has scored six goals in 30 appearances.


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