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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V READING

4 November 2016

All of the latest ahead of Warren Joyce's first game in charge.

  • Latics welcome Reading to the DW Stadium for Warren Joyce's first game as manager.
  • New boss looking to build on Latics 1-0 away victory at Cardiff City last weekend.
  • High-flying Reading aiming to record third straight victory.
Sky Bet Championship
Wigan Athletic v Reading
Saturday 5 November 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
DW Stadium


PREVIEW

Latics will be looking to build on their 1-0 victory away at Cardiff City when they welcome Reading to the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon as new manager Warren Joyce takes charge for his first game for the club.

The former Manchester United U21 and U23 manager was confirmed as Latics' new boss on Wednesday and unveiled to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of his first game this weekend, a stern test against the Sky Bet Championship's fifth placed side Reading FC.

With Latics looking to make it back-to-back victories, the Royals will also be looking to add to their recent winning tally as they come in search of a third consecutive three points.

Read more from Warren ahead of his first game as Latics manager by [clicking here].



TEAM NEWS

Latics have no fresh injury concerns on their return to the DW Stadium, with positive news this week for defender Donervon Daniels who has stepped up his recovery to train with the first team.

Its been a long 76 days since my operation. Today was a good day though, finally back in full training with the boys! Time to build fitness.

— DonervonJDaniels (@DonervonDaniels) November 1, 2016
Reece James, Andy Kellett and Alex Gilbey still remain sidelined through long term injuries, but Latics are expected to welcome Nick Powell back into the squad.

For Reading it will be a notable return to the DW Stadium for in-form goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who faces Latics for the first time since joining the Royals at the start of the 2015-16 season.

You can catch up with the Oman international and fan-favourite with an exclusive interview in the official match day programme.

SEASON SO FAR

The start to the campaign has seen Reading far exceed their own expectations for the season with the Royals reaching the fourth round of the EFL Cup and currently sitting fifth in the Championship with seven wins from their opening 15 games, a period in which they have only lost on four occasions in the league.

An opening day 1-0 victory at home to Preston North End edged the Royals into the 2016/17 campaign, followed by back-to-back away defeats at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United, before a six-game unbeaten run propelled them up the table.

A season-steadying 2-2 draw at home to fellow high-flyers Brighton & Hove Albion kicked it off, before winning away at Cardiff City and at home to Ipswich Town for their first back-to-back wins.

Another home draw, this time 0-0 against Birmingham City, ensured their unbeaten run remained intact, before a 2-1 win on the road at Barnsley and a 1-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town had them sitting pretty.

A difficult four-game winless streak followed with defeats to Brentford and Aston Villa either side of back-to-back draws with Derby County and QPR, but with another set of back-to-back wins collected in their previous two games, it's back to business for Jaap Stam's men, as they notched six more points to their tally with a win at Rotherham United and a 2-0 home triumph over Nottingham Forest.



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