A closer look at Crewe Alexandra ahead of Saturday’s match in South Cheshire.
- Latics travel to Crewe on Saturday 23 January.
- Gary Caldwell’s side to be backed by over 2,000 supporters at the Alexandra Stadium.
- Latics hoping to record third win of the season against League One’s basement side.
Sky Bet League One
Crewe Alexandra v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 23rd January 2016, kick-off 3pm
Latics are back on the road on Saturday and they will be hoping to maintain a fine run of recent form that has seen them go six games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, accumulating 14 points in the process.
As the mid-season march towards the automatic promotion places continues, Gary Caldwell will hope that his side can collect all three points and extend their away unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to ten games, a run stretching back to September’s defeat at Port Vale.
After Saturday’s win over Chesterfield, Latics have given themselves the opportunity to move as high as third in the League One table, though that will require a Latics win, Coventry City failing to win at Southend United and Gillingham losing at home to Peterborough.
For Saturday’s hosts, the fixture presents an opportunity to get back to winning ways after a five-game winless run since Steve Davis’ side defeated Oldham Athletic 1-0 back in November.
The Alex are bottom of League One and have conceded nine goals in their last two games, taking their shipped tally for the season to 48 from 25 games, a record only enviable by Colchester United (62).
An in-form side against the league’s bottom team sounds a traditionally easy game to predict, but Crewe were excellent at the DW Stadium in August and were unfortunate to go away with nothing with Michael Jacobs’ header the difference between the two sides. Equally, it took a sensational strike from Yanic Wildschut to separate the sides at the Alexandra Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in October.
CREWE ALEXANDRA IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Last six (league): WLDLLL
Biggest win: 3-2 v Colchester United (A)
Biggest defeat: 0-5 v Coventry City (H)
Home record: W2 D3 L8
Away record: W3 D2 L7
Goals scored: 26 (12H + 14A)
Goals conceded: 48 (27H + 21A)
Leading goal scorer: Ryan Colclough 7 (8 all competitions)
Latics will hope that Chris McCann is available for Saturday’s trip to South Cheshire after he missed last weekend’s win over Chesterfield toe injury, but Will Grigg is set to miss out after struggling to overcome a leg injury.
Kevin McNaughton will look to step up his recovery after returning to full training, though the former Cardiff City man is still likely to miss the trip to Crewe as he hasn’t featured in a competitive match since picking up his injury at Gillingham in March.
For Crewe, new signing Zoumana Bakayogo could make his home debut after coming off the bench in Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Swindon Town.
Latics and Crewe have met 21 times in the league, with Latics winning over half of the previous matches with 13 successes compared to the five occasions the Alex have succeeded.
Biggest win: Wigan Athletic 4 – 1 Crewe Alexandra, 19 October 2004, goals from Lee McCulloch, Nathan Ellington (2), Jimmy Bullard
Biggest defeat: Crewe Alexandra 4 – 1 Wigan Athletic, Tuesday 19 April 1994, Latics goal from Kevin Langley whilst Steve Macauley, Ashley Ward, Darren Rowbotham and Neil Lennon were on the mark for the Alex.
Latics won 3-1 at Gresty Road back in February 2005 on their way to promotion from the Premier League, click here to view a gallery from the day.