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FA CUP MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V AFC BOURNEMOUTH

16 January 2018

Latics welcome AFC Bournemouth to the DW Stadium for an Emirates FA Cup third round replay.

  • Latics host AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup.
  • Eddie Howe's Cherries arrive at the DW Stadium after earnining last gasp replay.
  • Pay on the day available, £10 adults, £5 over 65s, and under 18s, £5 under 5s.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND
WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018
KICK OFF 7.45PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

AFC Bournemouth arrive at the DW Stadium off the back of their first ever win against Arsenal on Sunday, when Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe combined to shoot down the Gunners 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

For Latics it’s a second consecutive game at the DW Stadium in the space of four days, having drawn 0-0 against Peterborough United on Saturday in Sky Bet League One.

Eddie Howe’s Premier League Cherries came from 2-0 down against Latics in the reverse fixture, only securing the replay deep into stoppage time through Steve Cook’s header, after Lys Mousset had cut the deficit earlier in the second half.

Early goals from Will Grigg and a deflected Nick Powell free kick had the hosts rocked at the Vitality Stadium, but Latics were left heart-broken, especially after a late penalty claim from Ivan Toney was turned down.

Defender Reece James says the team are even more determined to cause an upset this time around.

You can catch up with Reece in the official match day programme.

Will Grigg celebration v AFC Bournemouth

TEAM NEWS


Latics are without new signing James Vaughan as the striker is cup-tied following a 16-minute appearance for Sunderland against Middlesbrough.

Speaking in his pre-match press call on Tuesday, assistant manager Leam Richardson said Jamie Walker’s injury is likely to be days rather than weeks, with the former Hearts forward returning to training earlier than expected.

Shaun MacDonald remains side-lined with a knee injury confirmed by Paul Cook last week.

For Bournemouth it’s a case of no Tyrone Mings or Jermain Defoe due to long-term problems, and Eddie Howe is unlikely to risk Josh King and Junior Stanislas who have been in light training.

James Vaughan v Peterborough United

James Vaughan in action on his debut against Peterborough United.

FORM GUIDE

LAST FIVE IN ALL COMPETITIONS

Latics - DDWDD – 3 scored, 2 conceded
AFC Bournemouth – DWDDW - 11 scored, 9 conceded

LEADING GOAL SCORERS

Latics – Nick Powell 11, Will Grigg 11, Michael Jacobs 7

AFC Bournemouth – Callum Wilson 7, Ryan Fraser 4, Steve Cook, Jermain Defoe and Josh King 3

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

FA Cup: Latics 2 wins, 2 draws – 7 scored, 3 conceded
Latics’ home record all comps: 11 wins, 5 draws, 6 defeats – 29 scored, 18 conceded

Prior to our 3-1 defeat against the Cherries in February 2015, Latics went 11 consecutive home games without a loss against Bournemouth, a run which stretched all the way back to a 2-0 deficit in 1987. In fact since then, Latics have only conceded seven goals at home to Bournemouth, scoring 17 themselves in the process.

Latics’ last home victory over the Cherries was emphatic, a 3-0 win in January 2014 which saw Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez hit the target either side of an Elliott Ward own goal.


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