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MATCH PREVIEW: PRESTON NORTH END V WIGAN ATHLETIC

5 October 2018

Latics make the short trip to Preston North End, with Paul Cook's men looking to grab three points ahead of the international fixtures.

  • Match Preview: Preston North End v Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Latics are on the road with 4,000 supporters expected at Deepdale.
  • Watch Latics live outside of the UK on iFollow or listen to Guy Clarke and club legend Tommy Gore inside the UK.

PRESTON NORTH END v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
DEEPDALE STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics are on the road with 4,000+ supporters expectd in tow as Paul Cook's side look to see out the Sky Bet Championship fixtures in style ahead of the October internationals.

Alex Neil's Preston North End stand in Latics' way and will be looking to pick up all the points to end a difficult start to their 2018-19 campaign.

North End picked up a point on Tuesday night when they came from behind to lead 3-2 at Aston Villa, only for Yannick Bolasie to equalise for the hosts in injury time.

Latics also picked up a point in a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Swansea City at the DW Stadium.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Latics will play in the PUMA 2018-19 away kit sponsored by DW Fitness First and 3P Logistics.

OFFICIALS

Referee - Lee Probert
Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Garratt
Assistant Referee 2 - Neil Davies
Fourth Official - Ross Joyce

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Preston North End v Wigan Athletic Head to Head

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre, Paul Cook said he's got his first real selection headache of the season, with only one player in the treatment room ahead of his side's visit to local rivals Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

"We're fully fit for the weekend apart from Gavin (Massey) with his rehab. I suppose you could say it's my first real selection headache because we have everyone available.

"Samy (Morsy) comes back into the squad after his rest in the week and we have Dan Burn available for the first time since pre-season.

"Griggy is fully fit now as well. He went away with Northern Ireland carrying a slight injury, so when he came back he needed time to recover. In that time we lost James Vaughan to injury as well, but it was positive in the fact that it allowed Joe Garner to catch up with game time having missed pre-season."

Should captain Morsy come back into the side, the Egyptian international will make his 300th career appearance.

PRESTON NORTH END

As reported on pnefc.net, Darnell Fisher will be assessed ahead of Saturday's game after he was replaced due to a knock in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, whilst Brandon Barker, who missed the game due to illness, is expected to return.

Josh Harrop and Billy Bodin are both long term absentees with ACL injuries, whilst Callum Woods and Sean Maguire are nearing returns, with the latter back in training this week. Both are expected to make returns after the international break.

FORM GUIDE - LAST FIVE LEAGUE MATCHES

Form Guide Preston North End v Wigan Athletic

LATICS LISTEN - JASON ROBERTS, CHRISTIAN WALTON, CHEY DUNKLEY AND TOMMY GORE

Get more build-up to derby day with debut goalscoring hero Jason Roberts, away day favourites with Christian Walton, plus Chey Dunkley's insight into forming a new back four. Tommy Gore also joins Guy Clarke in the studio in the latest episode of our podcast!


 

FAB FOUR



PLAYED FOR BOTH


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