A closer look at Port Vale ahead of the Valiants’ trip to the DW Stadium on Saturday.
- Latics host Port Vale on Saturday 30 January.
- In-form Valiants looking to edge closer to the top six whilst Latics aiming to close the gap on the top two.
- Vale’s first visit to the DW Stadium since 2002.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Port Vale
Saturday 30th January 2016, kick-off 3pm
Latics are back in home action on Saturday when they host Port Vale at the DW Stadium, with Gary Caldwell’s side looking to extend their current unbeaten run – the second longest in the Football League – to eight games.
Having achieved a 15 possible points from the 21 available since their last defeat in December, Latics have now moved up to fourth in the Sky Bet League One table, and a win on Saturday could close the gap on the automatic promotion spots to just two points.
Saturday’s visitors arrive in good form having lost just once in their last five matches, and Tuesday night’s win at Doncaster Rovers has given Rob Page’s side to move level with sixth place Millwall should they collect all three points at the DW Stadium.
That win at the Keepmoat Stadium was a rare away success for the Valiants, though, who have lost nine of their 15 away league games this season.
PORT VALE IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Last six (league): LWWLDW
Biggest win: 3-0 v Doncaster Rovers (H)
Biggest defeat: 1-3 v Millwall (A)
Home record: W7 D5 L1
Away record: W4 D2 L9
Goals scored: 33 (21H + 12A)
Goals conceded: 32 (12H + 20A)
Leading goal scorer: AJ Leitch-Smith 8 (10 all competitions)
Gary Caldwell will be forced into at least one change to the side that started against Crewe Alexandra last weekend after Michael Jacobs picked up a calf injury against the Railwaymen and is now set to miss the next two or three games.
New signings Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough will both push to make their debuts against a club that is close to both of their hearts as Morsy came through the ranks with the Valiants whilst Colclough grew up in Burslem.
Kevin McNaughton and Andy Kellett are both edging closer to returns from their respective injuries whilst Sanmi Odelusi remains the only long-term absentee.
For the Valiants, Enoch Andoh and Chris Birchall remain on the long-term injury list whilst new signings Matthew Kennedy and Theo Robinson could be involved after both making their debuts for the club on Tuesday night.
Latics and the Valiants have met 25 times in the league, with both sides winning ten games apiece.
Biggest win: Wigan Athletic 5 – 3 Port Vale, 13 April 1979, goals from Peter Houghton (3), Derek Brownbill and Micky Moore.
Biggest defeat: Port Vale 4 – 0 Wigan Athletic, 17 April 1993, Bernie Slaven, Paul Kerr, Robin van der Laan and Nicky Cross were on the mark for the Vale.
Latics lost 3-2 at Port Vale earlier in the season, watch the highlights as Chris McCann’s strike and Sam Foley’s own goal looked to have earned the visitors a point before Uche Ikpeazu scored a late winner.