Latics aiming to close in on the EFL Youth Alliance title this weekend with a tough test against Blackpool on Saturday morning.
- Academy Preview: Latics v Blackpool.
- Latics ran out 6-0 winners in their last meeting with Blackpool in the EFL Youth Alliance in November.
- Latics hoping to continue their strong run after a 5-0 victory over Morecambe last weekend. Victory could seal the league title.
WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKPOOL
SATURDAY 6 APRIL, KICK OFF 11.00AM
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE
*This is officially an away fixture, with a venue switch to Christopher Park*
Latics' Under 18s will hope to move a step closer towards the EFL Youth Alliance title on Saturday morning when they face Blackpool at Christopher Park, with Peter Murphy’s side hoping to continue their impressive run of form going.
A victory against the young Seasiders and a defeat for Rochdale away at Accrington Stanley would see Latics claim the crown with five fixtures remaining.
A second consecutive win last weekend, this time over Morecambe, saw Latics maintain their 11-point lead ahead of second-placed, Rochdale at the top of the table.
Will McGuffie’s second goal in three games gave Latics their breakthrough, before Victor Maffeo, Charlie Jolley (2) and Thelo Aasgaard rounded off an impressive display at Christopher Park.
McGuffie, Maffeo and Aasgaard's goals are all shortlisted for March's Kingdom Goal of the Month award! You can vote for your favourite through the link below...
VOTE FOR YOUR KINGDOM LATICS GOAL OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH
Latics will be hoping to continue their impressive run at Christopher Park, with 15 goals from their last four outings, including three wins over Accrington Stanley (4-2), Port Vale (5-0) and Morecambe (5-0).
The two teams last met in December 2018, with Latics recording a convincing 6-0 victory over the Tangerines.
A hat-trick from Charlie Jolley, Joe Gelhardt’s brace and Divin Baningime’s second-half strike saw Latics extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions saw Latics complete a quick-fire double over their opponents, just four days after a 4-0 victory in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup quarter-final.
Though, Blackpool will be hoping for a better response from their players as they aim to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Bury, with the Shakers just one point ahead in the EFL Youth Alliance table.
Tangerines have struggled for recent form in the Youth Alliance, with only one win from their last five games against Carlisle United (3-1), though, will be provided with some encouragement following a spirited 5-3 defeat to Rochdale last-time out.
Here’s how the EFL Youth Alliance table looks ahead of kick-off…
Shrewsbury Town v Bury FC
Accrington Stanley v Rochdale
Port Vale v Fleetwood Town
Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle United
Morecambe v Walsall