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EMIRATES FA CUP PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V SOUTHAMPTON

16 March 2018

A closer look at the key numbers and information ahead of Latics' Emirates FA Cup quarter final against Southampton.

  • Match preview for Wigan Athletic v Southampton.
  • Latics face their third FA Cup quarter final in the space of three years.
  • A semi-final spot at Wembley Stadium is up for grabs for Latics or Saints.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V SOUTHAMPTON
EMIRATES FA CUP QUARTER FINAL
SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018
KICK OFF 1.30PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Paul Cook’s Latics are looking to book their place in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium as they host Premier League side Southampton at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

There is no real history between the two sides as Latics have only played Southampton three times in their history. Latics are hopeful of making another famous FA Cup Wembley appearance by beating the Saints this weekend, having won the competition in 2013 against Manchester City, and reached the semi-final the following year against Arsenal.

This game promises to be an enthralling contest following Southampton’s appointment of Mark Hughes this week. The former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, QPR, Manchester City and, most recently. Stoke City boss will be looking to stop Latics from making their fifth Wembley appearance in as many years. He will also have one eye on their Premier League fixtures with the Saints currently threatened by relegation in 17th place.

Latics will have their sights set on Wembley and are in confident mood following their last gasp win over Bradford City in Sky Bet League One on Wednesday night. Promotion back to the Championship is Paul Cook’s aim this season but Sunday’s focus will be on FA Cup glory.

FORM GUIDE

Wigan Athletic v Southampton Form Guide

Latics - WWDDW - 8 scored, 5 conceded
Southampton - LWDDL - 3 scored, 4 conceded

LEADING GOAL SCORERS - ALL COMPETITIONS

Latics - Will Grigg 18, Nick Powell 12, Michael Jacobs 9
Southampton - Charlie Austin 6, Manolo Gabbiadini 4, Dusan Tadic 4, James Ward-Prowse 4

LEADING GOAL SCORERS - EMIRATES FA CUP

Will Grigg celebration v Manchester City

Latics - Will Grigg 7. The Northern Ireland international has been pivotal in the Latics’ run to the quarter final, having scored in every round bar one. These have included goals against AFC Fylde, AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City.

Southampton - Wesley Hoedt, Jack Stephens, James Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic have all chipped in with a goal each to help the Saints reach the FA Cup quarter final.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

All competitions: Latics 1 win, 1 draw, Southampton 1 win
FA Cup: Southampton 1 win

Franco Di Santo v Southampton

Franco Di Santo celebrates at St. Mary's during Latics' only win against Southampton, a 2-0 victory in the Premier League in 2012.

ROAD TO THE QUARTER FINAL

LATICS

First Round - 2-1 v Crawley Town (H)
Second Round - 1-1 v AFC Fylde (A)
Second Round Replay - 3-2 v AFC Fylde (H)
Third Round - 2-2 v AFC Bournemouth (A)
Third Round Replay - 3-0 v AFC Bournemouth (H)
Fourth Round - 2-0 v West Ham United (H)
Fifth Round - 1-0 v Manchester City (H)



SOUTHAMPTON

Third Round - 1-0 v Fulham (A)
Fourth Round - 1-0 v Watford (H)
Fifth Round - 2-1 v West Bromwich Albion (A)


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