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28 April 2016

Learn more ahead of our trip to Blackpool, and the potential League One outcomes.

  • Latics travel to Blackpool for final away of the season.
  • Gary Caldwell takes his side to Bloomfield Road in search of the Sky Bet League One title.
  • Latics will be officially promoted should they avoid defeat against the Seasiders.
Sky Bet League One
Blackpool v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 30 April, kick off 12.30pm
Bloomfield Road


Latics travel with a sold out following to Blackpool on Saturday in search of the official confirmation of promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship, and with the aim of all but securing the Sky Bet League One title with a victory, due to the superior goal difference held over second place Burton Albion.

The Brewers, and the rest of the division, kick off later in the day at 3.00pm, meaning no matter what the result at Bloomfield Road, Latics will be left waiting for their positional outcome.

Blackpool have pressing matters themselves, knowing that they could be relegated come Monday evening, should they lose to Latics and Fleetwood Town pick up a victory against Walsall.  On the other hand, a win for the Tangerines could see them out of the bottom three for the final day of the season if results elsewhere go their way.

To see the league table in full please [click here].


Position: 21st
Last six (league): DWWLLD
Biggest win: 5-0 v Scunthorpe United (H)
Biggest defeat: 4-0 v Walsall (H)
Home record: W8 D5 L9
Away record: W4 D5 L13
Goals scored: 39 (22H 17A)
Goals conceded: 54 (20H 34A)
Leading goal-scorer: Mark Cullen 9


Latics celebrate after Mohamed Diame's shot is deflected in during the 3-1 win in 2011.

Latics and Blackpool have met 31 times in league fixtures since their first league clash in March 1982, a 2-0 victory for Latics at Springfield Park.  Since, and including that inaugural victory, Latics have won 14 times, six of which have come away from home, losing nine and drawing eight.

Three of Latics' last four visits to Bloomfield Road have seen them take maximum points, with last season's 3-1 victory courtesy of Kim Bo-Kyung, Harry Maguire and James McClean, as well as 2011's triumph of the way to Premier League survival, and a 2-0 win in our last visit in this tier when Tony Dinning and Mike Flynn provided the goals on the way to the Division Two title in the 2002/03 season.


Latics have had mixed fortunes against Blackpool so far this season, losing the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium 1-0 to a Tom Aldred goal, just over a month after a thumping 4-0 victory in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy which you can watch back below.



Latics are within touching distance of promotion after victory over Southend United last weekend.

Latics can officially secure promotion by avoiding defeat at Bloomfield Road and could even seal the Sky Bet League One title should they beat Blackpool and Burton Albion fail to win later in the day at home to Gillingham.

Should both sides win, Latics will head into the final game of the season at home to Barnsley three points cleared of the Brewers with a far superior goal difference.

Burton themselves could also seal promotion, but only on Monday evening.  If the Brewers are victorious against the Gills on Saturday and Walsall fail to beat Fleetwood Town on Monday, Nigel Clough's side would be guaranteed a place in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

Millwall aren't yet mathematically out of the automatic promotion race, although it would take them to beat Oldham Athletic and Gillingham in their remaining to fixtures, with the Lions then needing both Walsall and Burton to lose both of their remaining matches, an outcome which would see Millwall go up on goal difference.


Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners Barnsley hoping for Wembley return.

There are three play-off places still up for grabs in the division, with Millwall all but secure in fourth place, six clear of seventh place Gillingham with a better goal difference.

Bradford City occupy fifth place on 74 points, knowing that a victory would secure their place in the final four, as would any result, should the Gills or Scunthorpe United fail to win this weekend.

Barnsley sit sixth on 70 points and could also secure their place should they win and the two below them lose, although a defeat could see them replaced by either Gillingham or Scunthorpe going into the final match.

Port Vale (11th), Rochdale (10th) and Sheffield United (9th) can all still mathematically catch Barnsley.


Fleetwood outcome on Monday could play huge part in relegation picture.

With Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United's already confirmed as relegated to League Two, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool, Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield are all still in danger.

Should Doncaster and Blackpool win on Saturday they would both leapfrog Fleetwood who only play on Monday, equally, both sides could be relegated by Monday evening if they lose and Fleetwood win (or avoid defeat in the case of Doncaster).

Both Chesterfield and Shrewsbury can secure their places in League One for next season by avoiding defeat, with the Spireites at home to Bury and Shrewsbury at home to Peterborough United.

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