Learn more about Doncaster Rovers and the promotion and relegation battle in Sky Bet League One ahead of our trip to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Latics travel to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 16th April, kick-off 3pm.
- Doncaster haven’t won since first game in 2016, a run stretching 17 games in all competitions.
- Latics unbeaten in their last 20 games, winning their last five.
Three points for Wigan Athletic at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday will keep Latics in the driving seat for promotion from Sky Bet League One back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
The fact third place Walsall still have a game in hand makes the permutations complicated, but a win on Saturday and a win at Burton Albion on Tuesday evening, should the Brewers fail to beat Barnsley at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend, would mean Nigel Clough’s side couldn’t catch Latics and thus promotion would be secured.
It is far from a given that Latics will record all three points at Doncaster, though, albeit the stats are heavily against our hosts with their winless run stretching to 17 games in all competitions, a period of over three months since they last recorded victory by beating Southend United 3-0 in their first game in 2016.
Darren Ferguson’s side are in a perilous position and the danger they pose may be the fact they know they simply have to record victory to keep their survival hopes alive, defeat would see them at best remain eight points from safety with just four games remaining.
Nothing can be decided on Saturday, but come 5pm the picture will be a lot clearer for both Latics and Rovers.
DONCASTER IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Captain Craig Morgan could return for Latics at the weekend after his recent injury, though Reece James remains out for Latics.
Doncaster have no fresh injury worries whilst Craig Alcock will return from his one-game suspension picked up after being sent off in Rovers’ 2-2 draw at Rochdale earlier in April.
In 31 previous meetings between the two sides, Latics have edged the head-to-head record with 12 victories whilst there have been 10 draws and nine Doncaster wins.
The first-ever league matches between the two sides were in our debut campaign in the Football League as 1-0 successes at Springfield Park and Belle Vue gave Latics a 100% record over Rovers with Noel Ward on the mark in Wigan and Jeff Wright scoring in Yorkshire.
Latics’ biggest win at Doncaster was a 6-3 success in 1982 as a Peter Houghton hat-trick and goals from Colin Methven, Eamonn O’Keefe and Les Bradd secured all three points.
Doncaster have twice defeated Latics 3-0, most recently in our last meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium as Uwe Rosler’s side were put to the sword as Chris Brown scored twice and James Coppinger added to his tally.
Watch highlights from the 0-0 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium in our first home league game of the 2015-16 campaign.