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MATCH PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL V WIGAN ATHLETIC

20 October 2017

Latics hope to become first side to win at Bloomfield Road in 12 matches in all competitions when they face Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool on Saturday.

  • Match Preview: Blackpool v Wigan Athletic
  • 2,100 Latics fans heading to back their side at Bloomfield Road
  • Latics looking to extend unbeaten run to six games in Sky Bet League One

BLACKPOOL v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017
KICK-OFF 3PM
BLOOMFIELD ROAD

MATCH PREVIEW

Latics face one of, in not, their toughest tests to date in Sky Bet League One as they head to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Bowyer’s side are unbeaten at home in 12 matches in all competitions and have conceded just three league goals on their own patch this campaign.

Latics, though, backed by 2,100 away supporters will be buoyed by a five-match unbeaten run, which has seen Paul Cook’s side go five points clear of third place Bradford City.

A win on Saturday would see Latics go back to the top of Sky Bet League One should Shrewsbury not beat Fleetwood Town at home – Paul Hurst’s side remain unbeaten in the league this campaign, though.

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer - impressing as Blackpool manager

TEAM NEWS

Will Grigg will face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines after picking up an injury at Gillingham on Tuesday, whilst Christian Walton, Ryan Colclough, Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are all continuing their recoveries.

Lee Evans will serve the final game of his three-match ban.

For Blackpool, Bowyer will wait on the fitness of Jimmy Ryan, who missed Tuesday night’s win over Bury after he picked up an injury in the warm-up.

Jimmy Ryan

Jimmy Ryan missed Tuesday night's win over Bury for the Seasiders.

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

LATICS - LWWWWD – 13 points

BLACKPOOL – WLDLDW – 8 points

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

This will be the third time the two sides have met this season after Latics beat the Seasiders in both the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, the latter of which was on penalties at Bloomfield Road.

This will be the 43rd competitive meeting of the two sides, with Latics winning on 19 occasions, Blackpool 13, whilst there have been 10 draws.

Four of our last five visits to Bloomfield Road have ended in victory – including the aforementioned Checkatrade Trophy penalty shootout win – with two 3-1 wins and a 4-0 victory contributing to enjoyable away days.

In 2013, we lost at Blackpool, Tom Ince scoring a penalty for the hosts and James McClean being sent off for Latics.

Max Power and Ryan Colclough

Ryan Colclough and Max Power celebrate promotion on our last league visit to Blackpool.


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