Latics look to make it seven consecutive wins away from home when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday.
- Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s travel to Wolves in round three of the FA Youth Cup.
- Latics hoping to build on rampant 6-0 display over Blackpool last-time out.
- Gregor Rioch’s side have not lost away from home this campaign.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V WIGAN ATHLETIC
FA YOUTH CUP
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Wigan Athletic Under 18s visit Molineux Stadium as they face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening.
Latics will be aiming to build on their impressive away far this campaign, winning seven consecutive games in all competitions. Their last away trip came against Rochdale, where goals from Luke Robinson and Kyle Joseph ensured a vital three points for the visitors.
Gregor Rioch’s side will be full of confidence after their convincing 6-0 victory against Blackpool last weekend in the Youth Alliance, courtesy of goals from Charlie Jolley (3), Joe Gelhardt (2) and Divin Baningime, extending Latics’ lead at the top of the table to ten points.
Latics, who have scored 15 goals in their last four games, will be hoping to continue their rich vein of form as they travel to Lincoln City in the Quarter-final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup just five days later in a busy week.
Wolves will be hoping to turn their fortunes around as of late, with the Under 18 Premier League side winning only two of their last five league games over Middlesbrough Under 18s (4-0) and Blackburn Rovers’ U18s (2-1). Though, their recent 2-1 defeat to Derby County means they sit eighth in the Premier League table, four points clear of ninth-placed West Bromwich Albion.
Latics will be looking to keep their record of goals conceded in-tact at Molineux, after they have let in only two goals in their last three away games.
Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, said he expects a tough game under the lights at Molineux:
“They are a Premier League category one side, so it will be a very tough game for us”, he said.
“They have a fantastic academy and a well-run club, we know we will come up against a very good side, two teams who like to play football.
“We’re impressed with the way Wolves have embraced the 3-4-3 formation across the football club, so it will be a lot different to the way we play with our 4-2-3-1 formation.”
Rioch also had updates regarding team-news ahead of the trip to Wolves:
“We are missing Victor Maffeo and Ollie Broe, but apart from that we have a fully fit squad.
“Every player wants to play under the lights in games like this, so it will be difficult for us with the team selection.
“Our group of lads have done fantastically well, and everyone deserves a start, but that’s the nature of football.”