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MATCH PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

26 April 2019

Latics head to St. Andrew's for their final away fixture of the season against Birmingham City.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham City v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics head to St. Andrew's aiming to collect back-to-back away wins.
  • Two consecutive victories over the Easter period secured Latics' Championship status.

BIRMINGHAM CITY v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019
ST. ANDREW'S
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

After claiming back-to-back victories against Leeds United and Preston North End over the Easter weekend, Latics head to Birmingham City for their final away fixture of the 2018-19 season safe in the knowledge that they'll kick off the 2019-20 campaign in the Sky Bet Championship.

The six points see Latics start the day in 18th place on 48 points, whilst the Blues, who are unbeaten in their last five outings, sit 17th on 50 points - victory for Latics would see the two sides switch places with one game remaining.

SATURDAY'S FIXTURES

Millwall v Stoke City (1.30pm)
Bolton Wanderers v Brentford FC
Bristol City v Derby County
Middlesbrough v Reading
Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday
Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Rotherham United
Sheffield United v Ipswich Town (5.15pm)
Norwich City v Blackburn Rovers (7.30pm)

MATCH DAY INFO

Officials

Referee - Stephen Martin
Assistant Referee 1 - Adam Matthews
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official - Lee Collins

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Paul Cook insists Latics are determined to end the 2018-19 season on a high after back-to-back victories secured our Sky Bet Championship status for another campaign and with that in mind, he's focused on having his best team available for the final two fixtures of the season.

"We've got a couple of hiccups and different things, but sometimes it's better to keep things closer to your chest.

"We have got one or two issues which will come out over the next week or so with a few injuries, the normal stuff with lads who might have been carrying knocks."

Latics have been without Anthony Pilkington, Callum McManaman and Michael Jacobs in recent weeks due to injuries.

Defender Cedric Kipre will be available for selection following his one-match suspension from Good Friday's victory at Leeds United.


For the hosts, Garry Monk revealed earlier this week on bcfc.com that ever-present defender Harlee Dean will not feature again this season after going in for a hernia operation.

Maikel Kieftenbeld is sidelined longer-term with a knee injury, whilst Connor Mahoney has missed the last two matches due to a slight hamstring issue.

FORM GUIDE

Form Guide Birmingham City v Wigan Athletic

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Birmingham City v Wigan Athletic Head to Head

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