Latics travel to the KCOM Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Saturday after defeating Wolves in the last round.
- Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s travel to Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup
- Latics come off the back of a 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round.
- Gregor Rioch’s side aim to continue unbeaten run, which was extended following their 5-0 victory over Rochdale on Tuesday.
HULL CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC
FA YOUTH CUP FOURTH ROUND
Latics' Under 18s visit the KCOM Stadium as they face Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Saturday evening.
Latics aim to continue their impressive unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last victory coming over Rochdale in the Lancashire FA Youth cup, where goals from Luke Robinson, Will McGuffie, Charlie Jolley (2) and Joe Gelhardt ensured a perfect second-half display from the holders.
Gregor Rioch’s side will be full of confidence after their last meeting in the FA Youth Cup, with goals from Divin Baningime and Charlie Jolley knocking out Premier League opposition, Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Molineux stadium.
Watch the goals from the 2-1 win below.
Latics, who have scored 11 goals in their last four games in all competitions, will be hoping to maintain their 100% cup record so far this campaign.
Hull City will be hoping to turn their form around of late, with the Premier League side winning only two of their last five games in all competitions over Cardiff City Under 18s (2-1) in the third round of the FA Youth cup and Bolton Wanderers Under 18s (6-2) in their last fixture. The young Tigers sit tenth in the U18 Professional Development League, seven points adrift of ninth place, Barnsley.
Latics will be hoping to continue their good defensive form as of late, keeping three consecutive clean sheets, conceding one goal in their last four games.
Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, said he is looking forward to his return for the club he used to play for:
“I had a really good time there, it’s a different club to what it used to be back in that generation, but they’re doing well and reaching new heights, he said.
“I look forward to going back, I still have family up there, so it will be a nice occasion.”
Rioch also said his players will need to be on top of their game ahead of the class with Hull City:
“We’re playing against a very good side in Hull City, they had a good win against Cardiff City in the last round so it will be tough for us.
“The lads did well on Tuesday after a slow first-half, so it’s important we keep that momentum going in Saturday’s game under the lights.”
The manager also provided team news ahead of the clash at the KCOM stadium:
“Kyle Joseph is fit and available following his absence on Tuesday, Victor Maffeo is also progressing well after coming off the bench on Tuesday, he said.
“Though, it might be too soon for Victor in terms of him being in the starting line-up.”