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MATCH PREVIEW: SHREWSBURY TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

1 April 2016

A closer look at Shrewsbury Town

  • Latics travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
  • Shrewsbury unbeaten in nine, Latics unbeaten away from home since September.
  • We look back at the reverse fixture with Shrewsbury, as well as profiling Micky Mellon's side.
Sky Bet League One
Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 2 April 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
Greenhous Meadow

PREVIEW

It's three consecutive victories for Gary Caldwell's Latics and 18 matches unbeaten in Sky Be League One as they head to unbeaten in nine, Shrewsbury Town.

Without defeat in 2016 and with back-to-back wins over the Easter weekend, Latics are now second in the table within a single point of leaders Burton Albion, and six points inside the automatic promotion places above Walsall who do have two games in hand.

Saturday's hosts Shrewsbury are on a great run of their own, unbeaten in nine games with four victories, however they have draw their last three in a row.

Micky Mellon's side sit 17th in League One and despite their current unbeaten streak, they remain just five points above the relegation places.

SHREWSBURY TOWN IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 17th
Last six (league): WWWDDD
Biggest win: 4-2 v Colchester United (H) & Sheffield United (A)
Biggest defeat: 1-7 v Chesterfield (A) 
Home record: W5 D4 L10
Away record: W7 D6 L6
Goals scored: 47 (23H 24A)
Goals conceded: 57 (27H 30A)
Leading goal-scorer: Sulley Kaikai 10

TEAM NEWS

Latics will welcomed back both Jason Pearce and Conor McAleny for last Monday's 1-0 victory over Rochdale at the DW Stadium, with the latter proving to be the match-winner.  This week also saw Caldwell handed a huge boost for the run-in, with Michael Jacobs featuring, assisting and scoring in just a 30-minute spell during the Development Squad's 8-1 victory over Burton Albion at Christopher Park.

Shrewsbury are set to be without the trio of James Wallace, Matt Tootle and James Wesolowski for Saturday clash, as confirmed by boss Mellon during his pre-match interview.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In just nine previous league meetings between the two sides, the results have been evenly split. Latics equalled Shrewsbury's two wins with their success earlier this campaign whilst there have also been five draws.

The first league meeting came in the form of a 0-0 draw at Springfield Park in October 1989, with Latics winning the reverse fixture 3-1, before having to wait 25 years for the next one, courtesy of Alex Revell at the DW Stadium back in November.

Latics last travelled to Shrewsbury in May 1994, playing out a third 0-0 draw against the Shropshire side, who had already clinched the Division Three title while Latics languished in 19th.

IN REVERSE


Watch highlights from the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium in November as loanee Alex Revell grabbed the crucial goal during his short spell with the club.

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