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MATCH PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON V WIGAN ATHLETIC

15 December 2017

Latics travel for their first ever meeting with AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One.

  • Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics’ first trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
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AFC WIMBLEDON V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Wigan Athletic travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the first time in the club’s history when they take on Neal Ardley’s AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One this Saturday.

Latics and the Dons will meet for the first time in what promises to be an all-encompassing atmosphere on the afternoon, following the news that Wimbledon will return to Plough Lane at a new development just 250 yards away from the former club’s ground.

Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning, Paul Cook said he is more than aware that the crowd will be celebrating from the first minute after Wimbledon’s historic news.

“They’re going home and tomorrow’s game will be a celebration of that.  Wimbledon will be right up for the game and we’ll have our hands full in a tough match.”

Saturday’s hosts haven’t played a league game this calendar month after their away fixture at Bury was called off due to a frozen pitch and owing to their other two matches being in the Emirates FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

AFC Wimbledon's proposed new stadium
AFC Wimbledon's proposed new stadium.

FORM GUIDE

AFC Wimbledon – LLDWDL, 5 points
Latics – WDLWWW, 13 points

HOME AND AWAY

AFC Wimbledon at home – 2 wins, 3 draws, 5 defeats, scored 9, conceded 12 – LWLDLDWLDL

Latics on the road – 6 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats, 17 scored, 8 conceded - WWLWLWDWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE ONE

AFC WIMBLEDON – Lyle Taylor 5, Andy Barcham 3, Kwesi Appiah, Harry Forrester and Cody McDonald 2

LATICS – Nick Powell 8, Michael Jacobs 6, Will Grigg 4

Nick Powell celebrates against Fleetwood Town
Nick Powell leads the way for Latics.

LEAGUE TABLE

Latics – 1st
AFC Wimbledon – 20th

Latics lead Sky Bet League One on 45 points, four clear of second place Shrewsbury Town and five clear of third placed Blackburn Rovers.  Paul Cook’s side are comfortably 13 points inside the top six, with his former club Portsmouth occupying seventh place on 32.

Hosts AFC Wimbledon are 20th in League One with 20 points, level on goal difference with 19th place Rochdale, and only outside the relegation zone on goal difference above Gillingham and Plymouth Argyle, with three points separating Neal Ardley’s side from bottom of the table Bury.

THIS WEEKEND'S FIXTURES

Sky Bet League One fixtures for 16th December


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