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16 September 2016

Latics looking to stop run of defeats at home to Fulham.

  • Latics host Fulham at the DW after back-to-back away defeats.
  • Sixth place Cottagers also looking to get back to winning ways.
  • Perkins set to be available, Powell and Morgan still out.
Sky Bet Championship
Wigan Athletic v Fulham
Saturday 17 September, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium


Both Latics and Fulham are looking to turn around their recent fortunes this Saturday at the DW Stadium, with Gary Caldwell's men battling to overturn a run of four straight defeats in the Sky Bet Championship, including two narrow back-to-back away losses against Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City over the past week.

Slavisa Jokanovic's Cottagers have also hit a rough patch, suffering their first defeat of the season at home to Birmingham City last Saturday, followed by what their boss described as a frustrating 1-1 draw against Burton Albion.

Fulham's season so far has consisted of well-fought narrow victories and last minute points, but it's all resulted in steady progress for a new look squad as they sit sixth in the league table on on 12 points.

Latics on the other hand sit 23rd in the division, but Caldwell says his side's performances don't match their points tally, insisting they must be braver if they want to collect more from the upcoming games.


Find out more about the latest team news from both camps by clicking the image above.


It was a hectic summer of comings and goings at Craven Cottage with no fewer than 16 first teamers and an overall total of 24 professional players leaving the club, as 11 came in on a permanent basis alongside three loans.

Departures included defender Dan Burn who signed for Latics, along with Kostas Mitroglou joining Benfica, Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall), Alexander Kacaniklic (Nantes), Jamie O'Hara (Gillingham), Ange-Freddy Plumain (Sedan), Andy Lonergan (Wolves), Emerson Hyndman (AFC Bournemouth), Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton), Ben Pringle (Preston North End), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), Sakari Mattila (Sonderjyske), Nikolay Bodurov (free agent) and Fernando Amorebieta (Sporting Gijon).

Perhaps the biggest losses of all came when Moussa Dembele joined Scottish Premiership champions Celtic at the same time Ross McCormack made his switch to recently relegated Aston Villa, a big blow to Fulham's goal scoring hopes as the pair netted 36 of the Cottagers 66 goals last season.

Last season's top scorer Ross McCormack now at Aston Villa.

It wasn't all outgoing activity though, defenders Michael Madl (Sturm Graz), Denis Odoi (Lokeren), Scott Malone (Cardiff), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Kuban Krasnodar) and Tomas Kalas (Chelsea (loan) all arrived in hope of shoring up one of the leakiest back lines in the Championship last term, with David Button arriving in goal from Brentford.

Moving forwards, midfielders Kevin McDonald (Wolves), Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano), Neeskens Kebano (Genk), Stefan Johansen (Celtic), winger Floyd Ayite (Bastia), Lucas Piazon (Chelsea (loan) and former Hull City striker Sone Aluko all joined up to former Watford manager Jokanovic's evolving project, alongside a late recruit in the form of experienced Championship forward Chris Martin on loan from Derby County.


It's been a more than productive start for Fulham on all fronts, losing just once in the Championship so far with three wins and three draws to sit them sixth in the division, a healthy and competitive place compared to their finish of 20th in 2015/16.

The first ever game under the new EFL brand saw Fulham triumph over favourites for the title Newcastle United thanks to a solitary Matt Smith goal, before squeezing past Leyton Orient 3-2 in the EFL Cup, followed by a third successive win in all competitions with a 2-1 win at Preston North End.

Back-to-back draws with Leeds United and Cardiff City halted progress a little, rescuing a point in the 90th minute at Elland Road and in the 86th minute back home against the Bluebirds.

Cup progress stirred a further two victories as they battled past Middlesbrough 2-1 in extra time, before Tom Cairney clinched a stoppage time winner back in the league at his old club Blackburn Rovers.

It hasn't been an easy ride since the international fixtures though, with Fulham suffering their first loss of the season at home to Birmingham, before Tuesday night's stoppage time equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Burton.


A whopping 42 league meetings have been played out so far between Latics and Fulham, but only two have come in England's second tier, both of which brought about high scoring draws, 3-3 at the DW Stadium in November 2014 and 2-2 at Craven Cottage in Gary Caldwell's first game as Latics boss in April 2015.

Latics have won just eight, drawing 16 and losing 18 in previous clashes.  16 meetings occurred in the Premier League, 18 in the third tier and six in the fourth tier meaning the two sides have competed in every professional division.

Meetings between the two tend to be tight affairs, with only five of the 42 previous matches seeing one or both teams net three or more goals each.

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