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MATCH PREVIEW: BRISTOL CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

4 April 2019

Latics head to Bristol City for the first of two back-to-back away trips in the Sky Bet Championship

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bristol City v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics travel to Ashton Gate aiming to stretch their unbeaten spell to three matches.
  • Paul Cook's side travel to face the Robins on Saturday afternoon.

Bristol City v Wigan Athletic Tickets

BRISTOL CITY v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019
ASHTON GATE
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics make their first of two consecutive away trips in the Sky Bet Championship when they head to Bristol City on Saturday, with Hull City on the horizon on Wednesday 10 April.

Paul Cook's side arrive at Ashton Gate off the back of a 5-2 victory against Bolton Wanderers before the international break and a 0-0 draw against Brentford FC last weekend.

The Robins recorded back-to-back away wins against promotion chasing opposition in their previous two outings, toppling Sheffield United 3-2 at Bramall Lane, before a narrow 1-0 away victory against Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, however, Bristol City haven't won at home since early February.

Latics start the day in 20th position, four points clear of Rotherham United in the relegation zone, with the potential for a victory to take Cook's men as high as 18th should Reading and Birmingham City fail to win on Saturday.

Lee Johnson's side sit fifth in the table on 61 points, two points inside the play-off places.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers (12.30pm)
Birmingham City v Leeds United
Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City
Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town
Brentford FC v Derby County
Hull City v Reading
Millwall v West Bromwich Albion
Preston North End v Sheffield United
Rotherham United v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Middlesbrough

MATCH INFO

Officials

Referee - Keith Stroud
Assistant Referee 1 - John Flynn
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Pottage
Fourth Official - Marc Whaley

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Bristol City v Wigan Athletic Head to Head

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics were handed a double-boost in last weekend's 0-0 draw against Brentford FC, with the return of Danny Fox to the starting XI following a knee injury and the return of Anthony Pilkington from a similar problem from the bench.

Unfortunately for Latics, Michael Jacobs was the man replaced by Pilkington after picking up a hamstring injury which, as revealed by Paul Cook in his press conference on Friday morning, will see the 27-year-old out for the remainder of the season.

Gary Roberts and Callum McManaman will also be missing from the squad due to injury, with the latter undergoing an operation on a hernia.


Should Pilkington feature in any capacity, he will be making his 400th career appearance.

BRISTOL CITY

Forward Jamie Paterson returned to the starting XI in place of midfielder Korey Smith for Bristol City's 1-0 victory away at Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, with Smith introduced as a substitute at half time, before being replaced late on after a recurrence of his previous injury.

Elsewhere, Andy Weimann suffered a foot injury after a collision with former Robins defender Aden Flint on Tuesday, with the Austrian forward being monitored ahead of the weekend.

CLASSIC ACTION



PODCAST - DANNY FOX, ANTHONY PILKINGTON AND THE DW STADIUM SLEEPOUT

PLAYED FOR BOTH


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