Latics look to make it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions when they host Blackpool at Christopher Park for the second time this week.
- Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s host Blackpool for second time this week.
- Latics hoping to build on 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town in their last league outing.
- Latics aiming to build on last three wins in Youth Alliance and Tuesday's 4-0 cup win.
WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKPOOL
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE
Wigan Athletic Under 18s host Blackpool for the second time this week, after progressing to the Lancashire FA Youth Cup semi-final with a 4-0 victory over the Tangerines on Tuesday.
Latics return to action in the EFL Youth Alliance, having comfortably beaten Fleetwood Town 3-0 last weekend, courtesy of goals from James Berry (2) and Divin Baningime.
This is the second time the clubs have met each other this week, with Latics claiming the bragging rights to progress to the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Cup on Tuesday afternoon.
Charlie Jolley (2), Kyle Joseph and a goal from England youth international Jensen Weir produced an emphatic 4-0 win over the Tangerines, enhancing Latics’ unbeaten start to the 2018-19 campaign to 16 games in all competitions.
Blackpool will be hoping to build on their impressive form of late, winning their last two games after they lost to Carlisle, having gone unbeaten in their six games before that, winning four of those including convincing win over Port Vale Under 18s (5-0) and Wrexham Under 18s. (5-1).
With only two goals conceded in their last five games at home in all competitions, Latics will be hoping to keep their resilient form in-tact against Blackpool, who have six goals in their last two games and are the second-highest top-scorers in the league, scoring only six fewer.
With Latics winning their last two encounters against the Tangerines, there has been eleven goals in the last two matches between both sides, including this previous Tuesday’s four goals as Latics progressed in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.
Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, will be hoping England youth international, Joe Gelhardt, will return to the squad following his appearance as a substitute in the week.
Though, Latics suffer a blow as midfielder Will McGuffie will be unavailable due to suspension, following his dismissal in the 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town.