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DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON V WIGAN ATHLETIC

23 August 2016

Latics head to AFC Wimbledon for Premier League Cup opener.

  • Latics to travel to AFC Wimbledon in the Premier League Cup.
  • Fourth PL Cup campaign for Peter Atherton's Development Squad.
  • Latics and the Dons battling out to enter group stage.

Premier League Cup Qualifying Round
AFC Wimbledon v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 23 August 2016, kick off 7.00pm
at Cherry Red Records Stadium


TEAM NEWS

AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Sibbick, Meades, Egan, Nightingale, Kalambayi, Francomb, Beere, Oakley, Poleon, Fitzpatrick
Subs: Owens, Bursik, McKillop, Bellikli, Antwi

Latics: Lavercombe, Baxendale, Lingard, Gregory (Capt), Anson, Nolan, O'Brien, Boyd, Cosgrove, Lang, Barrigan
Subs: Roberts, Stubbs, Taylor, Randell, Sang

PREVIEW

Latics travel to AFC Wimbledon for the qualifying round of the 2016/17 Premier League Cup this evening, battling it out with their hosts for a place in the 32-team group stage.

The competition, formerly known as the Under 21 Premier League Cup, is in its fourth year and open to players from under 16 level to under 23s, with clubs eligible to name three over age outfield players and one over age goalkeeper in their match squad.

The group stage draw which sees the remaining 32 team split into eight groups of four will take place on Thursday 1 September.

Latics will be taking part in their first competitive fixture of the new season, having re-structured their match schedule for 2016/17. - Read more from Head of Academy Gregor Rioch and Development Squad coach Peter Atherton on the process here.

LATICS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Latics have enjoyed some entertaining contests in the PL Cup over its opening three years, the most successful season coming in 2014/15 as shown below.

2013/14 - Qualifying Round 1 - 0-0* (A) v Burnley (*lost 6-7 on penalties)
2014/15 - Qualifying Round 1 - 5-0 (H) v Preston North End
             - Qualifying Round 2 - 3-1 (A) v Nottingham Forest
             - Round of 32 - 4-4* (A) v Bolton Wanderers (*lost 1-4 on penalties)
2015/16 - Qualifying Round 1 - 0-3 (A) v Burnley

THE DONS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

AFC Wimbledon have never progressed beyond the qualifying rounds of the competition, losing out 2-1 away to Plymouth Argyle in their most recent attempt last season.

2013/14 - Qualifying Round 1 - 2-0 (H) v Gillingham
             - Qualifying Round 2 - 3-4 (A) v Queens Park Rangers
2014/15 - Qualifying Round 1 - 1-0 (H) v AFC Bournemouth
             - Qualifying Round 2 - 0-4 (A) v Charlton Athletic
2015/16 - Qualifying Round 1 - 1-2 (A) v Plymouth Argyle

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Live updates from the Cherry Red Records Stadium will be available via our @LaticsOfficial Twitter account, with full minute-by-minute updates on Latics Wall below.

For those wishing to attend the match, admission is £5.00 for adults and free for under 18s.



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