Latics and Burton Albion set to meet for the first time in the Football League.
- It is fourth against fifth in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night as Latics host Burton Albion at the DW Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
- Latics would achieve DW Stadium record of six consecutive clean sheets with shutout against the Brewers.
- Gary Caldwell’s side hoping to extend Sky Bet League One unbeaten run to 12 games.
Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion
Tuesday 24th November 2015
Sky Bet League One
Latics will come up against Burton Albion for the first time in a league meeting on Tuesday night after the two other fixtures between the two sides came in last season’s Capital One Cup and in the 1972 FA Trophy.
The record is split, with Latics winning 5-0 in the match at Springfield Park 43 years ago and the Brewers coming out on top 2-1 last season at the Pirelli Stadium.
For a first league meeting, the game itself holds plenty of weight with Latics looking to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to 12 games, cutting the gap on three sides above them in the table in the process.
For Burton, the game presents an opportunity to regain some form after losing four of their last seven matches in all competitions, though they’ll have to do something no other side has done in a league fixture this season if they are to go back to Derbyshire with all three points.
BURTON ALBION – 2015/16 SO FAR
Last Match: 21 November, 1-0 defeat v Bury (A) in Sky Bet League One
Last Six (League One): LLDWWL
Summer preparations for life in third tier, the highest stature Burton have ever had in English football, saw eight first team arrivals as defenders Darius Charles, Tom Flanagan and Anthony O’Connor arrived as well as midfielders Tom Naylor, Calum Butcher and Callum Reilly and forwards Aurelien Joachim and Timmy Thiele. The number of departures was similar, with notable exits including long-serving midfielders Lee Bell and Jimmy Phillips and forward Adam McGurk.
Timmy Thiele was one of eight summer arrivals at the Pirelli Stadium.
The season began with the Brewers maintaining the form in which they finished the previous campaign as they won four of their five league games in August, defeating Scunthorpe United, Blackpool, Peterborough United and Shrewsbury Town with their solitary reverse coming at Barnsley.
Burton started this campaign where they left off last season as they won four of their first five League One fixtures.
September continued with four wins from six league games as the Brewers extended their lead at the top of the table to three points after a 2-1 away victory at Chesterfield. The month closed out with a 0-0 home draw with Sheffield United and, for whatever reason, Burton’s form since has been indifferent with just three wins in their last seven matches in all competitions ahead of their weekend trip to Bury. Defeats at Walsall (2-0) and Fleetwood Town (4-0) were followed up by a 0-0 home draw with struggling Crewe Alexandra as the Brewers dropped out of the automatic promotion places. A home win over Port Vale and win at Oldham Athletic finished October on a high, though Burton, similarly to Latics, crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle in November, losing 3-0 at home to Peterborough.
With just one defeat from eight home league games, Burton have a similarly impressive home record to Latics and the four goals they’ve shipped on their own patch is a record bettered only by the three Gary Caldwell’s side have conceded.
It is in front of goal where Burton have struggled, though, as only Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool and Crewe have scored fewer than the Brewers’ 16.
The two previous meetings between Latics and Burton Albion have both come in cup competitions with Micky Worswick bagging a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the Brewers in the FA Trophy in 1972 and the other last season in the Capital One Cup as Burton ran out 2-1 winners despite Marc-Antoine Fortune giving Latics the lead.
Burton Albion ran out 2-1 winners in last season’s Capital One Cup meeting at the Pirelli Stadium.
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