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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

18 August 2018

Latics return home in search of back-to-back DW Stadium victories when Nottingham Forest visit on Saturday afternoon.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest 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 host Forest in a bid to make it back-to-back DW Stadium wins.

2018-19 Season Cards

WIGAN ATHLETIC v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

PREVIEW

Latics return to the DW Stadium this Saturday looking to make it two wins from two at home in the Sky bet Championship, with Aitor Karanka and his Nottingham Forest side standing in the way.

The visitors were successful in their midweek Carabao Cup Round One clash with Bury, but they were forced to a penalty shootout by the League Two outfit, whilst Latics fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Rotherham United.

Latics' squad has been bolstered ahead of the weekend's game with news of returns for Nathan Byrne and Gavin Massey.

OFFICIALS

Referee - Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referee 1 - Billy Smallwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Matt Foley
Fourth Official - Thomas Bramall

HEAD-TO-HEAD - ALL COMPETITIONS

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook revealed the news of returns for Nathan Byrne and Gavin Massey to his match day squad for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.

Massey, who featured in Latics' season opener against Sheffield Wednesday, has been absent for the last two matches against Aston Villa and Rotherham United, whilst Byrne has been missing through injury since the team's trip to Spain this summer.

Darron Gibson could remain sidelined, whilst Dan Burn's injury picked up against Rangers FC in pre-season continues to keep him out.

On whether performances from Latics' eight changes on Tuesday night at Rotherham in the Carabao Cup have given him food for thought, Cook said:

"We had some really good individual performances in the cup, that's what we've come to expect and what we demand from our players, so single performances in a cup game aren't necessarily going to shape the squad for Saturday, but it was good to be able to give lads match minutes who haven't played a great deal so far."

One man who will definitely miss Saturday's clash is Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith who was sent off during Tuesday's Carabao Cup win against Bury, with Luke Steele expected to make the bench behind Costel Pantilimon.

Michael Hefele, Sam Byram and Ryan Yates all made debuts on Tuesday and could be involved at the DW Stadium, whilst Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias are expected to return following a rest period in midweek.

FAB FOUR



PLAYER FOR BOTH




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