Latics kick-off Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign with trip to fellow Sky Bet League One side Crewe Alexandra.
Gary Caldwell’s side travel to Crewe in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section second round.
Sides met in League One at the DW Stadium in August, Michael Jacobs’ header the difference between the two sides.
Latics twice winners of the Football League Trophy (1985 & 1999), The Alex won the competition in 2013.
Latics kick off their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign on Tuesday night as they travel to Crewe Alexandra’s Alexandra Stadium (kick-off 7:30pm).
Gary Caldwell and Crewe manager Steve Davis were benefactors of first round byes and thus both begin their paths to Wembley on Tuesday.
Latics, who defeated the Alex at the DW Stadium in August in Sky Bet League One thanks to a Michael Jacobs goal, will be without Will Grigg and Donald Love who have been called up to the Northern Ireland and Scotland Under 21 squads respectively. Jason Pearce, Craig Davies, Haris Vuckic, Grant Holt, Shaquile Coulthirst and Don Cowie will miss out due to injuries and ongoing recoveries whilst Jordan Flores will serve the final game of his three match suspension and captain Craig Morgan will also serve his one match ban.
Tickets, which are £10 for adults, £6 for over-60s and £2 for under-16s, are available until 5pm from the DW Stadium Ticket Office. Alternatively, fans can pay cash or card from the Away Ticket Office at the Alexandra Stadium from 5pm on Tuesday evening.
THIS SEASON’S MEETING
Michael Jacobs headed home in the first half as Latics defeated Crewe Alexandra at the DW Stadium in August. Bradden Inman hit the post as the Alex looked to respond before Will Grigg headed against the same post as Gary Caldwell’s side looked to double their advantage in the second-half.
HISTORY IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY
Crewe, who won the competition in 2013 and were Northern Section finalists in 2007, have won three of the four meetings between the sides in their brief Football League Trophy history.
The 1987-88 campaign saw the sides draw 2-2 as Chris Thompson and David Hamilton goals were ruled out by strikes from Crewe’s Roger Eli and Chris Cutler in the second half. 1-0 defeats followed in 1988-89 & 1989-90 as the two sides met for three consecutive campaigns.
The last meeting between the two sides in this competition came in 1994-95 when the Alex ran out 3-1 winners at Gresty Road thanks to goals from Gareth Whalley, Steve Macauley and Dele Adebola, Andy Farrell scoring Latics’ consolation.
Latics sit ninth in Sky Bet League One and within touching distance of the play-offs with 16 points from 11 games whilst Crewe are bottom of the table after winning just once of their opening 11 league games.
Winless at home with just two points from six games at the Alexandra Stadium, Crewe have shipped 13 goals on their own patch – a league high.
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