Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of Saturday’s match with the Rams.
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- Latics manager Warren Joyce looking for his side to build on first win of his tenure against Huddersfield Town on Monday night.
- Steve McClaren’s Rams arrive at the DW Stadium on the back of four consecutive victories.
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Latics recorded their first win under new boss Warren Joyce at Huddersfield Town on Monday evening and they’ll be looking to help their new manager win his first home match when Derby County are the first visitors to the DW Stadium in a month on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
In his first game at the DW, Joyce saw his side go two goals down in four minutes against Reading before losing 3-0 to the Royals. A draw at Barnsley and the 2-1 win against the Terriers have lifted spirits and drawn Latics closer to climbing out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.
Joyce and his side will know that they have to avoid defeat to stand any chance of doing just that, though, and a win is likely to be needed if Latics are to climb the table.
At the other end of the table, Derby could move into the play-off places with a win, having won five of the seven matches manager Steve McClaren has taken charge of, including all of the last four.
In fact, Derby has lost just once in their last nine matches in all competitions with their last four matches returning nine goals, four of which have gone to in-form striker Thomas Ince.
Thomas Ince is in fine form for the Rams.
Warren Joyce hinted in his pre-match press conference that he may not be able to field the same team that defeated Huddersfield on Monday, with a number of players carrying knocks.
Craig Morgan has returned from suspension, though, and both Donervon Daniels and Andy Kellett featured for 90 minutes for the development squad on Tuesday.
For Derby, Steve McClaren suggested to his pre-match news conference that former England international Darren Bent could miss the game.
Darren Bent is a doubt for the Rams.
Cyrus Christie (foot), George Thorne (leg), Nick Blackman and Craig Forsyth (both knee) remain sidelined.
SEASON SO FAR
Derby started the campaign under former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who began with a creditable 0-0 home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion and EFL Cup win over Grimsby Town.
A first defeat of the season came at Barnsley as the Rams went down 2-0 at Oakwell before they bounced back with a 1-0 win at Preston North End.
After the win at Deepdale, Derby – excluding a penalty shootout win against League Two Carlisle United in the EFL Cup – didn’t win for eight matches.
Newcastle United, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers all won at the iPro Stadium with the final game of Pearson’s stewardship before he was dismissed prior to the Rams’ game with Cardiff City.
Pearson’s assistant, Chris Powell, steered Derby to a win over the Bluebirds and a draw with Reading before McClaren returned for his second spell as manager.
A 1-0 win over Leeds United kicked off the former England manager’s tenure, before a draw with Brentford and defeat at Huddersfield Town halted the initial boost a new boss tends to bring.
McClaren has got his side firing, though, and four consecutive wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Rotherham United and Norwich City have lifted the Rams into the top-half.
On Derby’s last two visits to the DW Stadium, Latics have parted company with their manager with Owen Coyle and Malky Mackay both losing their jobs following defeats to the Rams.
That’s not going to be the case on this occasion, but the stats suggest home games against the Rams are far from comfortable from Latics, having lost on three of the seven occasions in which Derby have travelled to Wigan.
Derby’s last visit to Wigan ended in a 2-0 defeat for Latics, watch the highlights from that game below: