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12 November 2018

Preview ahead of today’s fixture as Latics host Morecambe in their final group stage game of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

  • Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s entertain Morecambe at Christopher Park at 1.00pm.
  • Latics hoping to make it four consecutive wins from their EFL Youth Alliance Cup group.
  • Under 18s' last group game was their 3-1 away victory against Bradford City.

Latics' Under 18s host Morecambe in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup on Tuesday afternoon, looking to make it four wins from four games in the group stage, in which they have already secured top spot and progression to the knockout stages.

Latics will be hoping to improve after their recent 1-1 draw against Port Vale at the weekend, ending their impressive run of 11 straight victories, after Charlie Jolley’s brilliant opener was cancelled out in the last minute.

The two clubs last met in February with Latics putting nine past the visitors to strengthen their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance table, courtesy of a brace from Mwiya Malumo and Charlie Jolley, as well as defenders Adam Long and Tylor Golden also getting in on the act in the Shrimps rout.

The encounter before this was in September 2017. Latics will be hoping to avoid a repeat after they were narrowly edged out 1-0 in a frustrating encounter, with Mitchell Culshaw looking the most likely for the Latics.

Visitors, Morecambe have yet to record a win in their group thus far this season, drawing one and losing two, though, they only sit two points behind 10th placed Carlisle United, with two games in-hand in the North West Division.

Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, will be hoping for a similar squad that he had available to him at the weekend, with James Berry in firm contention after making his return from a long-term injury. England youth international duo Jensen Weir and Joe Gelhardt will be unavailable as they have a fixture against Czech Republic tomorrow.

The Development squad are also in action today away against Burnley, meaning the Under 18s are expected to field a young team.

Latics Under 18s will also be in action this weekend as they face Rochdale, who have won their last four league games in the Youth Alliance.

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