Latics prepare for the first away day of the season against Aston Villa
- Match Preview: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Listen Live: Follow the match on iFollow Latics with live audio commentary in the UK and live streaming outside of the UK.
- Latics take on their first away fixture of the 2018/19 campaign at Villa Park.
ASTON VILLA v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
- TICKETS: No pay on the day - sell out expected.
- AWAY INFO: Tips for Latics supporters heading to Villa Park.
- PODCAST: Emile Heskey, Antonee Robinson and Chey Dunkley all feature, as well as a round-up of transfer activity.
Latics head to Aston Villa for the first away day of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season hoping to make it two victories from the opening two games following last weekend's 3-2 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium.
Former Latics boss Steve Bruce welcomes his old side to Villa Park with exactly the same aim in mind after their 3-1 win at Hull City on Monday.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Latics will play in the brand new PUMA 2018-19 home kit sponsored by DW Fitness First and 3P Logistics.
Referee - Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1 - Shaun Hudson
Assistant Referee 2 - Nick Hopton
Fourth Official - Mark Heywood
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking live on avfc.co.uk, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said all of his new signings could feature on Saturday against Latics, with John McGinn arriving from Hibernian, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland added from Ingolstadt and defender Axel Tuanzebe (now in his second spell on loan from Manchester United) all drafted in.
In terms of injury and fitness, Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan are doubts, but Mile Jedinak will be available for Villa following a recent illness.
Six Latics players could make debuts this weekend, with Callum Connolly and Lee Evans both looking to make their second debuts for the club after returning on loan, whilst Josh Windass and Joe Garner also arrived on transfer deadline day. Leo Da Silva Lopes and Kal Naismith arrived earlier in the summer and are yet to make their competitive debuts.
Dan Burn, who is on loan at Latics until January after agreeing a deadline day move to join Brighton & Hove Albion, will miss out through injury, whilst Nathan Byrne also missed out on the opening day of the season due to a pre-season knock.
FIVE GREAT GOALS
PLAYER FOR BOTH