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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURY

26 February 2016

A closer look at Bury ahead of their trip to the DW Stadium on Saturday.

  • Latics host Bury on Saturday 27 February.
  • Victory could see Gary Caldwell’s side close the gap on league leaders Burton Albion.
  • Bury currently 14th in Sky Bet League One.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Bury
Saturday 27 February 2016, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium

PREVIEW

Latics are back in home action on Saturday when they host Greater Manchester rivals Bury at the DW Stadium, with Gary Caldwell’s side looking to extend their current 11-game unbeaten run off the back of the late away victory at Walsall last weekend.

Victory at the Banks's Stadium lifted Latics above the Saddlers and into the second automatic promotion spot, just four points behind leaders Burton Albion, but the Brewers still have a game in hand.

Latics sit a point above Gillingham, two points above Walsall, who have a game in hand, and nine points inside the division's play off places.

Following a spell of one victory in eight league fixtures, Bury have experienced an upturn in form over the last three matches, winning back-to-back home games against Sheffield United and Colchester United, before Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Barnsley.

The Shakers most notably came from 2-0 down at Gigg Lane last weekend, going on to win 5-2 against their Essex opponents Colchester to record their biggest victory of the season.

BURY IN 2015/16 SO FAR:

Position: 14rd
Last six (league): DLLWWD
Biggest win: 5-2 v Colchester (H)
Biggest defeat: 0-6 v Coventry City (A)
Home record: W7 D6 L3
Away record: W5 D2 L9
Goals scored: 42 (26H 16A)
Goals conceded: 51 (20H 31A)
Leading goal scorer: Leon Clarke 13 (16 all competitions) 

TEAM NEWS

Latics will remain without Michael Jacobs, Sanmi Odelusi and Reece James as the trio continue their recoveries and, whilst Kevin McNaughton’s progress remains positive, the former Scotland international is likely to play more development squad football before his first team return.

Bury arrive at the DW Stadium with a number of notable injuries, Tom Soares having fractured his cheek bone, with Tom Pope a fractured wrist, however both have powered through the pain barrier, playing 90 minutes against Barnsley midweek.

Chris Eagles hasn't been training with the first team squad as he focuses on his individual fitness, whilst Kelvin Etuhu and Rob Lainton remain long term injuries.

The Shakers' biggest causes for concern will be the availability of captain Nathan Cameron and leading goal scorer Leon Clarke, who both missed Tuesday's game.  Danny Rose and Ryan Lowe were also forced off during the match, adding to David Flitcroft's selection problems.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Latics and Bury have met 31 times in the league.  With 14 victories, Latics hold the better record between the clubs, losing just seven and drawing on 10 occasions.

Biggest Win: Bury 1 Wigan Athletic 4 (March 1992) – Gary Worthington, Joe Parkinson, Phil Daley and Gary Powell on target for Latics, with Darren Lyons scoring for the hosts.

Biggest Defeat: Bury 3 Wigan Athletic 0 (October 1993) / Wigan Athletic 0 Bury 3 (April 1995).

IN REVERSE



Latics came from 2-0 down to earn a late point at Gigg Lane in October, after goals from Nathan Cameron and Tom Pope had given the hosts a clear advantage, before a Cameron own goal and 20-yard stoppage time drive from captain Craig Morgan turned the result around.  Substitute Tim Chow came within inches of winning the contest in the final minute of added time, but was denied on the goal line.

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