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9 September 2016

Latics return to Championship action at Hillsborough.

  • Latics travel to Sheffield Wednesday as Sky Bet Championship action returns.
  • Only fifth ever league meeting between Latics and the Owls.
  • Four new signings could make Latics debut, two for Sheffield Wednesday.
Sky Bet Championship
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 10 September, kick off 3.00pm


Sky Bet Championship action returns this weekend with Latics off to Hillsborough Stadium to take on Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday at 3.00pm on Saturday!

It's a big weekend for both sides as Latics and the Owls aim to improve their results following the first international fixture period of the season.  Gary Caldwell's Latics are aiming to overturn back-to-back defeats to Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers, whilst Wednesday will be desperate to claim their first victory since the opening day of the season at home to recently relegated Aston Villa.

Both sides currently lie in the bottom half of the division, with Wednesday just one place and a point above Latics who sit 20th.


Latics could hand debuts to recent signings Reece Burke, Adam Le Fondre, Nathan Byrne and Kaiyne Woolery, with the latter three joining on transfer deadline day ahead of the international fixtures.

Earlier on Friday Gary Caldwell revealed he'll be without midfielder David Perkins and defender Craig Morgan who are both suffering from hamstring injuries, with Perkins expected to be back in full training towards the end of next week.

David Perkins looks set to remain sidelined for Saturday.

The hosts could also feature a couple of new recruits, having signed Adam Reach from Middlesbrough on deadline day, and experienced Dutch defender Urby Emanuelson on a free transfer earlier this week.

One man who definitely won't be in the Wednesday line-up is former Latics midfielder David Jones who is serving a suspension following his dismissal in the Owls' 1-1 draw away at Brentford last time out.


It's been an inconsistent start for last season's play-off final runners up, who are without a victory since their opening day triumph over Aston Villa at Hillsborough in front of a 30,000+ crowd.

Following the 1-0 win it's been tough for Carvalhal and his impressively formed squad, dropping out of the EFL Cup 2-1 away at Cambridge United, before a 3-1 away defeat against Burton Albion, 2-0 home defeat to Leeds United and a 1-1 draw at Brentford's Griffin Park.

Wednesday's strong 2015/16 squad is seemingly even more competitive this time around, with striker Steven Fletcher joining from Sunderland in the summer, along with Jake Kean, Almen Abdi, Daniel Pudil and David Jones who all have experience at Championship level.

Striker Steven Fletcher a big name signing this summer.

Very few key players departed the club, with Darryl Lachman, Lewis Price, Caolan Lavery and Marnick Vermijl amongst those to leave.

Crucially, the Owls managed to tie down new contracts to Jose Semedo, Ross Wallace, Kieran Lee, Keiren Westwood and Tom Lees.


Latics have had just six meetings with Saturday's opponents, four of which (the only league clashes) came in Latics' first two seasons back in the Championship in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Both teams shared the spoils over those two seasons, with Latics doing the double over Wednesday in 2013/14 thanks to a 3-0 away victory with goals from Nicky Maynard (2) and Marc-Antoine Fortune, followed by a dramatic 1-0 home win in the dying moments at the DW Stadium through a Jordi Gomez penalty.

The 3-0 away win was our first ever recorded meeting in the league, however, the only reason the February 2014 clash came about was as a result of a false start at Hillsborough in December 2013, when torrential rain and heavy waterlogging saw the original fixture abandoned.  Latics were 1-0 up and seemingly well in control after James McClean's goal.

2014/15 was disappointing on the whole, including back-to-back defeats to the Owls, 2-1 away and 1-0 at home.

The first two meetings both came in the FA Cup back in the 1970s, Latics losing 2-0 at Hillsborough in 1975/76, before gaining their revenge two seasons later when Maurice Whittle's free kick earned a 1-0 win in front of the biggest crowd on that day in December 1977 of 13,871.

Latics celebrate their victory over Division Three Sheffield Wednesday at Springfield Park.

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