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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V SHEFFIELD UNITED

11 January 2016

A closer look at Sheffield United ahead of Tuesday's match.

  • Latics host Sheffield United on Tuesday 12 January.
  • Match tickets available on the day, plus cash turnstiles on the East and South.
  • Blades arrive off the back of a late 1-0 FA Cup defeat v Manchester United.


Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Sheffield United
Tuesday 12 January 2016, kick off 7.45pm
at the DW Stadium

PREVIEW

Latics arrive at the DW Stadium for their second of three consecutive home fixtures, having won the first in dramatic style last Thursday, when a 96th minute goal from captain Craig Morgan sealed a 3-2 victory and a comeback from 2-0 down against Gillingham.

The win against the Gills made it four unbeaten for Gary Caldwell's side, strengthening Latics' position in fifth place in Sky Bet League One.

Sheffield United had it tough over the weekend, and they arrive at the DW Stadium on the back of a cruel, 1-0 stoppage time defeat to Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup third round at Old Trafford on Saturday, Wayne Rooney winning the tie for United from the penalty spot.

The Blades' last outing in the league saw them on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller, with Peterborough United winning 3-2 at Bramall Lane.  Before the back-to-back defeats, Sheffield United had won four in a row to end 2015, three of them coming in the league against Coventry City, Scunthorpe United and Bradford City.

SHEFFIELD UNITED IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 9th
Last six (league): LDWWWL
Biggest win: 3-0 v Fleetwood Town (H)
Biggest defeat: 0-4 v Gillingham (A)
Home record: W7 D1 L5
Away record: W3 D5 L3
Goals scored: 39 (27H + 12A)
Goals conceded: 34 (21H + 13A)
Leading goal scorer: Billy Sharp 11

TEAM NEWS

Latics will be without defender Donald Love who has returned to his parent club Manchester United after a loan period at the DW Stadium.  Yanic Wildschut returns to Gary Caldwell's selection plans, having completed a permanent move to the club on Saturday.

Billy Sharp and Jay McEveley both came off in Sheffield United's defeat to Man United, with manager Nigel Adkins admitting a couple of players may miss out on the clash with Latics due to knocks picked up at Old Trafford.

CLASSIC MEETING

Recap 'The Battle of Bramall Lane' with Mike Pollitt as Latics survived in the Premier League on the final day of the 2006/07 season by clicking on the image below.



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