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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V SHEFFIELD UNITED

31 December 2018

Latics host Chris Wilder's Sheffield United in the first game of 2019.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Sheffield United.
  • Latics looking to build on a 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
  • Paul Cook's side host the Blades in the first match of 2019.

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Cash turnstiles operating on the East and South Stands.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V SHEFFIELD UNITED
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY 1 JANUARY 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

It's the first fixture of 2019! Latics host Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship at the DW Stadium, with Paul Cook's side looking to build on the point they earned in a 2-2 draw away at Swansea City on Saturday.

Latics enter the New Year in 19th place in the Championship table, four points clear of the division's relegation zone, whilst arrive at the DW in fourth place following their comfortable 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane on the weekend.

The Blades are four points from the automatic promotion places behind Norwich City in second, and six points above Birmingham City outside of the play-offs in seventh.

MATCH INFORMATION

Officials

Referee - Andrew Madley
Assistant Referee 1 - James Wilson
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Jones
Fourth Official - Geoff Eltringham

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Sheffield United

Latics have met with Sheffield United on New Year's Day in the past, winning 2-0 against the Blades in 2005 thanks to goals from Lee McCulloch and Nathan Ellington.


Our last meeting at the DW Stadium was a six-goal thriller in January 2016, a 3-3 draw played out at the second attempt after the original fixture on Boxing Day 2015 was postponed due to heavy rain and adverse weather conditions.

The last time the two teams met in the second tier at the DW Stadium, Latics ran out 4-0 winners thanks to doubles from striker partners Ellington and Jason Roberts.



EARLY TEAM NEWS

Heading into New Year's Day and Latics' clash with Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship at the DW Stadium, manager Paul Cook says he fully expects Lee Evans to be available for selection, with his permanent move from the Blades set to be completed on Tuesday.

Latics have no new injury concerns to deal with, but Nick Powell (hamstring), Antonee Robinson (ankle) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) are all still sidelined.

There will be at least one change to the starting XI from Saturday's 2-2 draw at Swansea City, with centre back Dan Burn returning to Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of his loan back to Latics.

For the visitors, Sheffield United will be without defender Chris Basham who was sent off in their 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

Ahead of the Blades' clash with Rovers on Saturday, manager Chris Wilder admitted he may have to make changes over the next two or three matches given the heavy fixture schedule, meaning we could see a changed side arrive at the DW on Tuesday.

PLAYED FOR BOTH QUIZ


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