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MATCH PREVIEW: SWINDON TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

24 March 2016

A closer look at Swindon Town in 2015/16 and previous meetings with the Robins.

  • Latics travel to Swindon Town on Good Friday (5:30pm kick-off).
  • Gary Caldwell’s side can close gap on leaders Burton Albion and extend lead over third place Walsall with a win.
  • We look back at the reverse fixture with the Robins as well as profiling Luke Williams’ side.
Sky Bet League One
Swindon Town v Wigan Athletic
Friday 25 March 2016, kick-off 5:30pm
The County Ground

PREVIEW

Gary Caldwell’s Latics got back to winning ways last weekend against Bradford City at the DW Stadium, extending their unbeaten run to 16 games in the process and will be looking to protect that record against in-form Swindon Town.

Without defeat in 2016, Latics have consolidated their place in the top six and more recently moved into the top two in Sky Bet League One, edging out third place Walsall on goal difference.

A win on Friday would see Latics extend their gap on the Saddlers to three points with Jon Whitney’s side not playing over the course of the Easter weekend due to international call-ups.

Friday’s hosts Swindon Town are far from out of the play-off race as they sit eight points behind sixth place Barnsley with a game in hand.

Unbeaten in their last seven games, the Robins handed interim boss Luke Williams the job on a permanent basis earlier this month and they have recorded consecutive draws against fellow play-off chasers Millwall and Coventry City since his appointment.

SWINDON TOWN IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 12th
Last six (league): WWWWDD
Biggest win: 4-0 v Chesterfield (A) 
Biggest defeat: 1-5 v Fleetwood Town (A) 
Home record: W8 D3 L7 
Away record: W6 D5 L7
Goals scored: 55 (33H 22A)
Goals conceded: 53 (30H 23A)
Leading goal-scorer: Nicky Ajose 20 (21 all competitions)

TEAM NEWS

Latics will welcome back Chris McCann from suspension after he completed the second game of his two-game ban for picking up ten yellow cards in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bradford City.

Michael Jacobs, Reece James, Jason Pearce and Conor McAleny all remain injury doubts for Latics with the latter two the most likely to return first.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux should be fit for Swindon after missing their 0-0 draw at Coventry with a dead leg, though he deputy Tyrell Belford impressed and may keep his place.

Similarly, Raphael Rossi Branco missed the game at the Ricoh Arena and his replacement Jamie Sendles-White showed promise as the Robins kept their second clean sheet in three games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In 12 previous meetings between the two sides, the results have been evenly split. Latics equalled Swindon’s four wins with their success earlier this campaign whilst there have also been four draws.

11 of the matches between the two sides have come within the league programme (including two play-off matches in 1987).

Quite interestingly, Swindon have picked up just one point from five matches in Wigan whilst Latics have never won at the home of the Robins albeit they have recorded three draws in that time.

IN REVERSE


Watch highlights from the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium in October as Everton loanee Francisco Junior scored in the 96th minute to secure all three points for Latics.

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