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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURTON ALBION

14 October 2016

Championship action returns as Burton visit the DW Stadium.

  • Latics hosts Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship
  • League action returns to the DW Stadium following the international break.
  • Latics looking to build on victory over Wolves and draw at Brentford ahead.
Sky Bet Championship
Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion
Saturday 15 October 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
DW Stadium


PREVIEW

Sky Bet Championship football returns this weekend following two weeks away from the action due to international fixtures.

Latics are back at the DW Stadium with last season's Sky Bet League One rivals Burton Albion the visitors on Saturday afternoon, as both sides look to build on recent runs of two games unbeaten.

The Brewers arrive in Wigan off the back of a 2-0 home win against Cardiff City, whilst Latics return from their battling 0-0 draw away at high-flying Brentford.

Burton are yet to pick up a victory on the road this season, but sit in a healthy 15th position in the table on 13 points following a steady start to their first ever campaign in the second tier of English football.

Latics on the other hand are looking to continue to build on recent results, with the late 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and the draw at Griffin Park helping to lift Gary Caldwell's side out of the relegation zone into 21st place on nine points.

Only a handful of players combined from both teams were involved in the recent international fixtures, with Latics' Shaun MacDonald an unused substitute twice during Wales' World Cup qualifying matches, whilst Burton's Jamie Ward was on target for Northern Ireland in their 4-0 win against San Marino and also featured in a 2-0 away defeat to Germany.

Midfielder Jackson Irvine was involved in Australia's clashes with Saudi Arabia and Japan, whilst Tom Flanagan (also of Ward's Northern Ireland) was an unused substitute during the international period.

TEAM NEWS

Latics have been handed plenty of positive news during the international period, with a successful operation on Alex Gilbey's ankle injury, as well as defenders Reece James (foot), Donervon Daniels (knee) and Andy Kellett (knee) stepping up their recoveries from long term complaints.

Right back Kyle Knoyle has also been progressing well with another appearance in a behind closed doors Development Squad friendly against Everton, and Gary Caldwell also revealed in his pre-match press conference that defender Craig Morgan began training again this week and will be in the squad for the weekend.

West Ham United loanee Reece Burke also continues to recover from a hernia operation.

You can read more from Gary Caldwell on the latest injury update by [clicking here].

SEASON SO FAR

It's been a steady start to Burton's maiden voyage into the second tier of English football, with three victories (all at home), four draws and four defeats to their name in what has been a hard-working opening period to the Championship season.

The campaign began in thrilling, but unfortunate circumstances for Nigel Clough's side as their Championship debut brought about a seven-goal thriller, only for Nottingham Forest to edge proceedings 4-3 at the City Ground on the opening day.

A second defeat followed in their first home match at this level as Bristol City triumphed 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium, but Clough and co. didn't have long to wait to earn that historical first Championship victory as they impressed in a 3-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday.

A 2-2 draw away at Blackburn Rovers followed, before a return to the Pirelli saw them overcome local rivals Derby County in the club's first ever competitive meeting with the Rams, as summer signing and leading goal scorer Jackson Irvine scored the crucial goal in a 1-0 win.

Burton stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with back-to-back 1-1 draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham in the space of three days, but they hit a speed bump shortly after, losing 1-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion before a 3-1 away defeat to promotion favourites Norwich City.

The Brewers' past two matches have provided further encouragement to an already respectable start to the season, drawing 1-1 at home against Queens Park Rangers before their most recent outing, a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City.

Read more about Burton Albion in this weekend's match day programme. [Click here] for more.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Burton Albion were the 100th different opposition for Latics in the EFL when the two sides met at the DW Stadium in November 2015 last season, with the clubs only ever facing each other in the FA Trophy and League Cup prior to the 2015/16 clashes.

The very first meeting between Latics and the Brewers came way back in December 1972 when our then Northern Premier League outfit thumped the Southern League side 5-0 on our way to the FA Trophy final against Scarborough FC in 1973.

Micky Worswick was the hero on the day at Springfield Park as his second half hat-trick helped to brush Burton side, with Joe Fletcher and Paul Clements also on the score sheet.

That cup success wasn't to continue 41 years down the line though, when Latics' first trip to Burton ended in a 2-1 defeat in the League Cup in August 2014 despite Marc-Antoine Fortune's first half opener, as Dominic Knowles and Stuart Beavon turned the result around.

Latics are yet to beat Burton as a professional side, losing the November 2015 meeting 1-0, before a 1-1 draw earned a crucial point at the Pirelli Stadium in the battle to win the Sky Bet League One title.

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