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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V WOLVES

26 September 2016

Latics hoping to end seven-game winless run when Wolves visit the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening.

  • Latics host Wolves at the DW on Tuesday evening and will look to protect good home record in 2016.
  • Wolves come into the game on the back of consecutive league wins.
  • Shaun MacDonald should be fit for Latics, who welcomed back David Perkins and Nick Powell at Preston North End on Friday.
Sky Bet Championship
Wigan Athletic v Wolves
Tuesday 27th September, kick-off 7.45pm
DW Stadium




PREVIEW

With a fifth of the Championship season now played, Latics find themselves at the foot of the table following promotion from League One last season with results proving hard to come by, despite positive performances. 

Now on a seven-game winless run, Latics will hope getting back on their home patch, where they have lost just twice in the calendar year, will bring about a return to winning ways.

Wolves’ will arrive in Wigan buoyant from back-to-back league wins, though, including an impressive away success at Newcastle United, where they won 2-0.

TEAM NEWS

Gary Caldwell confirmed Shaun MacDonald looks set to be fit to face Wolves after going off injured for Latics in Friday evening’s defeat at Preston North End.

Nick Powell and David Perkins are both looking to return to the starting XI after coming on from the bench at Deepdale.

Reece James, Donervon Daniels, Alex Gilbey, Kyle Knoyle, Andy Kellett, Craig Morgan and Reece Burke all remain side-lined.

Walter Zenga’s Wolves could go unchanged for a third consecutive league game, although record signing Ivan Cavaleiro will be pushing for a start after scoring from the bench in Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Brentford.

WOLVES SUMMER BUSINESS

There were plenty of fresh faces at Molineux this summer with a total of 13 players joining Wanderers, eight coming in on a permanent basis whilst five arrived on loan. A total of nine players waved goodbye to the club whilst six players were loaned out to seek first team football elsewhere.

One of those departures included winger Nathan Bryne who signed for Latics, whilst other notable departures included Scottish midfielder Kevin McDonald (Fulham) and Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town). Of Wolves’ fringe players, Razak Boukari (released), Zeli Ismail (Bury), Liam McAlinden (Exeter City), Aaron McCarey (Ross County), Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) and Bjon Bergmann Siguroarson (Molde) all left.

Joining the ranks were Atletico Madrid full back Silvio, along with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern), Prince Oniangue (Reims), Paul Gladon (Heracles Almelo), Romain Saiss (Angers) and club record signing Ivan Caveleiro from AS Monaco as the Black Country side’s summer business gathered pace in the final month of the transfer window following the completion of the takeover of the club by Fosun International.


Wolves' record signing Ivan Cavaleiro.

WOLVES SEASON SO FAR

Things are looking more positive for Wolves so far this season with Walter Zenga’s side sat eighth in the table accumulating after accumulating four wins, three draws and two losses in their opening nine matches.

A vast improvement from their 14th place finish from last season will be required by the club’s new owners and heavy investment in the playing squad has been a strong signal of intent from Molineux.

Wolves managed to grab a point in their first game of the season away at Rotherham United, before going on to win four of their next five games, including a 3-1 win away against local rivals Birmingham City.

A 1-0 loss against Huddersfield Town stalled proceedings slightly for Wolves after an early goal from former player Van La Parra at the John Smith's Stadium.

The loss left its mark on Zenga’s side as they suffered another three defeats in their next four games, including a 4-0 thumping at home to Barnsley.

Wanderers have re-found their form in their last two league games, though, slotting three goals past Brentford after they had defeated Newcastle United at St. James’ Park just a week earlier. Two goals from Joao Teixeira, and a stoppage time strike from new signing Cavaleiro, secured the win over Dean Smith’s Bees.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In the 16 competitive matches played out between the two sides, the results have been split evenly with both collecting six victories and playing out four draws.

Latics have the better record in league matches, whilst Wolves have recorded two FA Cup wins from two against us, including inflicting a first JJB Stadium defeat on Latics in 1999.


The last meeting between the two sides fell at the end of our last Championship campaign as Benik Afobe scored the game’s only goal to all-but consign Latics to relegation.





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