Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of The Robins’ visit to the DW Stadium.
- Wigan Athletic v Bristol City match preview.
- Latics manager Warren Joyce: “The players know what they need to do.”
- Latics look to make it consecutive victories
WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRISTOL CITY
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017
Kick off 3.00pm
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WARREN JOYCE: Read the manager’s thoughts prior to the game, here
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After two huge games against Blackburn and Birmingham comes… another huge game. Everything that was wrong with the performance at Ewood Park was rectified with a superb morale-boosting victory at St Andrews on Tuesday and Warren Joyce will be looking for the momentum from that performance to carry over here against a Bristol City team on an alarming run but who nevertheless come to the DW unbeaten in two after draws against Burton Albion and Norwich City.
Latics would go above The Robins with a win and possibly out of the bottom three should Blackburn and Wolves slip up so the incentive is there. On the other hand, City will be looking to put a bit of daylight between the teams…
19 year old Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has been a revelation with 18 Championship goals to his name but has missed the last five games with a thigh strain - will he be back?
The scene is set for another exciting afternoon at the DW...
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson - under pressure
Latics will be hoping Shaun MacDonald can make a quick recovery after being stretchered off at Blackburn with a blow to his knee and missing the win at Birmingham. Sam Morsy is still suspended and Max Power is out after coming off at St Andrews with a hamstring issue. David Perkins is the most likely to come in after replacing him on Tuesday.
The big news for City surrounds leading scorer Abraham, who is back in Bristol and reportedly fit after missing the last five games with a thigh strain. Johnson must decide in what capacity to use him.
SEASON SO FAR
It all started well enough for The Robins, the two late goals against Latics on the opening day of the season sparking a run that saw them in the play-off places until November, but since then things have gone terribly wrong. Just two wins and six draws in 22 games has seen a disastrous haul of just 12 points from a possible 66 and the side has slumped all the way into the bottom three.
Johnson signed a new contract until 2020 on the back of the club’s terrific start to the season which shows the club’s long-term commitment to their former midfielder.
CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS
18, Tammy Abraham
5, Lee Tomlin
4, Aaron Wilbraham
3, Bobby Reid
2, Aden Flint, Luke Freeman
HEAD TO HEAD
A fair bit of history, although this will be the first time the teams meet here in Wigan for almost 15 years and the first time ever in any other level but the third tier.
Of the 23 previous meetings, City have the edge with 11 victories to Latics’ five, with seven draws.
The reverse fixture was a close game, with two late goals from City reversing Alex Gilbey’s opener in the first half.
PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS
David Cotterill, currently on loan back at the club from which he originally signed for Latics in 2006, is a familiar face, but is the only current squad member with a direct link.
Not that many connections in truth (even Marcus Bent doesn’t make it on the list). In recent times, Richard O’Donnell signed for City from Latics last season and Nicky Maynard was on loan with us in 2014 having been at Bristol City earlier in his career.
Further back, those to have played for both include Tony Dinning, Rob Newman, Scott McGarvey, Steve Johnson and Bobby Hutchinson.
David Cotterill, celebrates his goal in Latics’ FA Cup win at Sunderland in 2008
Referee - Andrew Madley, (16-17 record, 34 games, Y117, R6)
Assistant Referee 1 - Steven Meredith
Assistant Referee 2 - Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official - Eddie Ilderton