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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURY

11 August 2017

Latics take on The Skahers at the DW Stadium in Sky Bet League One

  • Latics v Bury, Sky Bet League One.
  • Paul Cook’s first home league game as Latics manager.
  • 'It's be a test but we have to make sure we're at our best.' Paul Cook.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v BURY
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE 
DW STADIUM
SUNDAY 13 AUGUST 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm

TICKET NEWS: Adult tickets rise by £2 to £22 on the day, details here.
VIDEO: Paul Cook’s thoughts prior to the game, click here.

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Latics welcome Bury in Sky Bet League One in Paul Cook’s first home league match in charge of Wigan Athletic

Latics are looking to make it a second league win in succession and a third in total, following last Saturday’s opening day victory at Milton Keynes and the midweek defeat of Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

Cook will rotate his squad back to something approaching the side who played at Stadium MK, with the obvious exception of Callum Elder, who is suspended after his red card. Will Grigg may come into his thoughts after playing 75 minutes in midweek.

It has been a positive start for Cook and his men but Bury will provide a stern test having completely rebuilt their team over the summer and got off to a winning start in their opening match at home to Walsall.

Lee Clark
Lee Clarke – sweeping changes

A BUSY SUMMER
Twenty players departed Gigg Lane last summer, with 18 arriving, including two with a Latics connection, albeit neither Phil Edwards and Chris Sang never progressed through to the first team at the DW Stadium.

Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford – off to a scoring start in the league

It was a case of having to rebuild quickly and Clark has brought in great experience. Edwards came from Burton Albion, Stephen Dawson (who is a doubt) joined from Scunthorpe United for his second spell at the club, along with Jermaine Beckford from Preston North End, Nicky Ajose on loan from Charlton Athletic, Chris Maguire and Joe Skarz from Oxford United, Tom Aldred from Blackpool, Jay O’Shea from Chesterfield, Chris Humphrey from Hibernian and Joe Murphy from Huddersfield, who had been on loan last season.

Clark has mixed his older heads with younger players too, however, such as Harry Bunn from Huddersfield Town, Callum Reilly from Burton and Adam Thompson from Southend United – all 24 or below but with good EFL experience.

OUR RECENT HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
it's a real mixed bag, although since the two sides last met in League One in February 2016, only a handful of players are still at either team.

Ryan Colclough scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at the DW that day, but that broke a poor run with Bury having won in the League Cup and FA Cup that season, the league game at Gigg Lane ending  2-2 after a late equaliser from Craig Morgan.  Previous to 2015-16, the teams hadn’t met for almost 15 years.

Ryan Colclough
Ryan Colclough scores in the club’s previous meeting.

MAJOR CONNECTIONS
Of the current squads, Christian Walton was at Bury on loan in 2015, while Phil Edwards began his career at Wigan as we have mentioned.

In recent times, Leon Barnett, Leon Clark and Jermain Pennant played for both, while looking back in time, Jason Jarrett, Colin Greenall and David Lee are two big connections. Graham Barrow has managed at both too.

Jason Jarrett
One of the big connections, Jason Jarrett


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