Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of Forest’s visit to the DW Stadium.
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WIGAN ATHLETIC v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 2017
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Gary Brazil and Warren Joyce may be old team-mates from Preston North End days but there will be no quarter given when the two face each other in opposing dugouts on Saturday – with both teams desperate for points at the wrong end of the Sky Bet Championship table.
There may well be hugs and handshakes after the final whistle, but before that, the stage is set for two teams to go at it hammer and tongues. Latics will see this fixture as a must win, Forest will be seeking revenge after the defeat here in January in the FA Cup and with just six points separating the sides going into the game, the table could be a very different looking place come 5pm, Saturday….let battle commence.
Gary Brazil – in charge since January
Warren Joyce will be hoping for good news on the injury front as regards Shaun MacDonald and Michael Jacobs, and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to make changes after the defeat at QPR. Gabriel Obertan could be given the nod for his first start, or Joyce could decide to stick with his core squad. Craig Morgan is still out, while the likes of Reece James and Alex Gilbey have also been training with the group this week.
Hilderberto Hereira was injured playing for the U23s versus Hull City in midweek so could be a doubt for Forest. The squad has been supplemented with Ross McCormack and Zach Clough since the January meeting between the sides, plus young academy player Ben Brereton has been impressing. Jack Hobbs is out with a foot injury, but decisions on Matt Mills (groin) and Michael Mancienne (hamstring) will be made late.
SEASON SO FAR
It’s not been a good season by anyone’s standards at the City Ground, overshadowed by rumours of an imminent takeover, with current owner Fazaz Al-Hasawi openly stating that he is looking to sell. Phillipe Montanier was the surprise choice to take the team on last summer but the experiment did not go well and the Frenchman was dismissed in early January.
Gary Brazil has presided over three victories since taking over, but there have also been four defeats, including the 5-1 thumping at Norwich City.
The season hangs in the balance.
CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS
9 - Britt Assombalonga
6 - Apostollos Vellios
3 - Ben Osborn
2 - Niklas Bendtner
2 - Ben Brereton
2 - Pajtim Kasami
2 - Thomas Lam
2 - Hildeberto Pereira
2 - Damien Perquis
HEAD TO HEAD
No a lot of history between the sides…
Apart from a League Cup tie at the City Ground in 2012 which Latics won 4-1 – featuring thunderbolts from Jordi Gomez and Maynor Figueroa and that ever so rare jewel, a goal from Mauro Boselli – and the FA Cup tie at the DW in January, the sides have only ever met in the second tier of English football.
We have only been in the same division on five separate occasions, including the current campaign. Latics have beaten Forest just twice, home and away in 2013-14. Here are the highlights from that one league victory at the DW Stadium: