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MATCH PREVIEW: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE V WIGAN ATHLETIC

19 January 2018

Latics make the long trip to Devon to face Plymouth Argyle in our first match at Home Park in over 13 years.

  • Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle v Wigan Athletic
  • All of the key information ahead of the Sky Bet League One clash at Home Park, where Latics will look to make it 14 unbeaten in all competitions
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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2018
HOME PARK
KICK-OFF 3PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

Latics head to Home Park off the back of a memorable 3-0 victory over Premier League side AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup and in a fine run of form back in Sky Bet League One.

Paul Cook was delighted with the impacts of players he drafted in for the game against the Cherries, as Latics illustrated their strength in depth to earn a fourth round home tie against West Ham United.  Captain Samy Morsy, substitute Dan Burn and full back Callum Elder grabbed the goals against Eddie Howe’s side.

Plymouth’s focus is firmly on chasing down a play-off place, with Saturday’s fixture pitting two of Sky Bet League One’s in-form sides against each other. The Pilgrims are unbeaten in eight, with Latics unbeaten in nine and on a run of seven consecutive league clean sheets, a sequence which could equal the club’s record of eight shut outs in a row by John Filan in the 2002-03 Division Two title winning campaign.

Christian Walton spoke about the potential of this achievement earlier this week, ahead of a return to his first club Plymouth.

Sam Morsy celebrates v AFC Bournemouth

Sam Morsy celebrates his goal against AFC Bournemouth.

TEAM NEWS

James Vaughan is available for selection again having been cup-tied for Latics’ midweek triumph, with Paul Cook still waiting on Jamie Walker’s recover from a light injury after signing from Hearts earlier this month.

Shaun MacDonald remains side-lined with a knee injury.

Plymouth could hand debuts to new signings Zak Vyner and Simon Church, with the latter joining just in time to be considered for their squad.

All at Wigan Athletic would like to pass on support to Pilgrims’ defender Ryan Edwards, who earlier this week was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Our thoughts and support are with Ryan and his family at this time.

James Vaughan v Peterborough United

James Vaughan back available for selection after his debut against Peterborough United.

FORM GUIDE

LAST FIVE IN LEAGUE ONE

Plymouth Argyle v Wigan Athletic Form Guide

Plymouth Argyle – WDWWD, 11 points
Latics - WDDWD, 9 points

HOME AND AWAY

Plymouth Argyle at home – 6 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 18 scored, 21 conceded - WLLLLLDDLWWWWW

Latics on the road – 9 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats, 29 scored, 8 conceded – WWLWLWDWWWWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE ONE

Plymouth Argyle – Graham Carey 6, Jake Jervis 4, Sonny Bradley, Toumani Diagouraga, Ryan Edwards and Joel Grant 3

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

POSITION

Latics – 1st
Plymouth – 13th

Latics lead Sky Bet League One on 57 points, three clear of second place Shrewsbury Town and five clear of third place Blackburn Rovers, with a +38 goal difference.

The Pilgrims have been soaring up the table since the start of their recent unbeaten run, climbing up to within eight points of Charlton Athletic who sit in the final play-off place.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

League: Latics 7 wins, Plymouth 9 wins, 3 draws – scored 21, conceded 21

Latics’ away record: 3 wins, 1 draw, 5 defeats – scored 11, conceded 13

Saturday is Latics’ first visit to Plymouth for 14 years, with Paul Cook’s men looking to add to the club’s current run of results at Home Park, having won 2-1 in October 2004 thanks to a double from Jason Roberts, as well as 3-1 two years previous when Tony Dinning’s double and one from Nathan Ellington secured all three points.

Latics won the reverse of Saturday’s fixture 1-0 at the DW Stadium in September thanks to an 83rd minute penalty from leading goal scorer Nick Powell.


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