Latics look to extend their unbeaten home run when they return to Sky Bet League One action at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
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WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRADFORD CITY
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm
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PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Paul Cook will be looking for his side to make it eight unbeaten in Sky Bet League One when the Bantams land in Wigan, a run of matches which has seen his Latics side concede just three goals.
Latics missed out on league action last weekend due to the international fixtures involving Sam Morsy, Lee Evans, Matija Sarkic and Owen Evans, but it did them no harm in the league table, with this weekend’s visitors Bradford City failing to make up ground following their 1-0 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle.
The break from competitive action has been a good healing process for Latics, with players getting the chance to rest up ahead of the busy winter period and those on the treatment table putting in the much-needed hours on the training pitch.
Ahead of the fixture, manager Paul Cook revealed that work at the training ground has paid off for Michael Jacobs, who is now available again after three weeks following a thigh injury.
Bradford boss Stuart McCall has challenged his players to ‘compete with title favourites’ ahead of their visit to the DW, telling the club’s website: “I feel Wigan have the strongest squad in the division at the moment in terms of depth, quality and experience. I expect them to go straight back up as champions, having said that I also expect us to go there and put in a really strong performance.”
Stuart McCall – Bantams favourite
FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX
Latics – WWWDWD, 14 points
Bradford – WLDLWL, 7 points
Bradford arrive at the DW Stadium with just one win in their last five matches, halting the progress made earlier in the season, but holding firm in the top six with 30 points in fourth place, level with third place Charlton Athletic.
Latics’ excellent recent form has kept them snapping at the heels of league leader Shrewsbury Town with just one point between the two sides ahead of kick off this weekend.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
The teams last met in March 2016 at the DW Stadium, when Haris Vuckic’s solitary strike with 10 minutes remaining handed Latics a 1-0 victory and three crucial points on their way to the League One title and promotion back to the Championship. The Slovenian forward was not only celebrating a match-winner, but the birth of his first child as well.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978
League: Latics 9 wins, Bradford 9 wins and 6 draws
FA Cup: Latics 1 win, 1 draw
League Cup: Bradford 1 win (on penalties)
Home record (league only): Latics 8 wins, Bradford 4 wins
Haris Vuckic celebrates the birth of his new-born baby with a goal against the Bantams.
A host of players link the two teams together, including current Latics loanee Lee Evans who spent time at Valley Parade in 2015-16 and Development Squad Coach Peter Atherton who started his career at Springfield Park and represented the Bantams in the Premier League.
The big link between the two clubs is arguably Paul Jewell, a man who played for and managed both clubs during his time on and off the field. A forward during his playing days, Jewell scored 91 league goals across both clubs, 35 for Latics in 137 appearances and 56 for the Bantams in 269. It was off the field where he made his mark the most for Latics, steering the club into the second tier and top flight for the first time in our history during the mid-2000s, having previously led Bradford into the top tier in 1999 after a 77 year absence.
Jewell in the crown – Paul celebrates Latics’ promotion to the Premier League in 2005.