A closer look at Colchester United ahead of Latics’ trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
- Latics make their first trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday 12 March.
- Victory could move Latics within a point of leaders Burton Albion and eight clear of third place.
- Colchester currently bottom of Sky Bet League One, ten points from safety.
Latics are back on the road on Saturday as they make the long trip south to Essex to face Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
February’s Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month Gary Caldwell will hope his side can produce another fine performance away from the DW Stadium to extend their unbeaten run in league away matches to 14 games.
Unbeaten since mid-December – a run of 14 games itself – has pushed Latics into the automatic promotion places and a win on Saturday could strengthen their grip on a top two place, potentially creating an eight-point gap if Walsall and Gillingham lose to two sides embroiled in the relegation battle in Chesterfield and Crewe Alexandra respectively and if Millwall fail to beat in-form Swindon Town.
Colchester have endured a miserable campaign and, barring a remarkable turnaround in fortunes, will by plying their trade in League Two next season.
The U’s have won just once in their last 21 league matches, with their FA Cup run a rare moment of success as they made the fourth round only to lose out to Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.
Latics’ last outing was a 1-1 home draw with Peterborough United whilst Colchester lost 2-0 at play-off chasing Port Vale.
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Jussi Jaaskelainen should be fine to resume in goal for Wigan Athletic, though Jason Pearce and Conor McAleny are doubtful for Latics after their muscle injuries picked up in last weekend’s draw with Peterborough United.
Reece James, Michael Jacobs and Sanmi Odelusi are longer-term absentees, though Kevin McNaughton is now available for selection having come through another 90 minutes in Latics’ development squad.
Chris McCann picked up his tenth yellow card of the season against Posh and will miss this game and next weekend’s visit of Bradford City due to suspension.
However, Sam Morsy returns from his suspension to be available.
Alex Wynter and Sammie Szmodics are injured for the U’s, whilst Leo Chambers may return.
Latics and Colchester have met 21 times and we have just edged the head-to-head record with 10 wins compared to the Essex side’s eight.
Latics recorded their biggest win of the campaign to date against the U’s in October as Donervon Daniels and Will Grigg both grabbed braces whilst Max Power was also on the mark.