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LATICS V ATROMITOS PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

12:04 22nd July 2013

by Nick Taylor

Owen Coyle takes charge of his first Latics friendly on home soil.

Wigan Athletic travel to Leigh Sports Village this evening to take on Greek Super League side Atromitos in an international friendly, with a 7.30pm kick off. (For admission information [click here].)

The Athens based club will be the first of three opponents this week for Latics as Coyle's men take on Morecambe (A) on Wednesday 24 July and Dundee United (H) on Saturday 27 July.

Atromitos are also kicking off a busy week as the game marks their first of four against English opposition, with visits to Latics' Championship opening day opponents Barnsley before trips to Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.

Latics go into tonight's game off the back of three straight wins on the USA Tour after beating Columbus Crew 2-1, Dayton Dutch Lions 6-1 and Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4-1.

TEAM NEWS

Latics are expected to field a strong side with the exception of long term absentees Ali Al Habsi, Gary Caldwell and Ivan Ramis.

Defender Thomas Rogne has made positive progress during recuperation in the United States but tonight's match may have come a little too early for the Norwegian to make his non-competitive club debut.

KEEP UP-TO-DATE

You can follow tonight's game live on wiganathletic.com via our Cover it Live service available by [clicking here], where you will receive minute-by-minute updates of the game as well as having the chance to get involved by sending in your comments and questions.

Team news will be available on the website approximately an hour before kick off and major incident and goal updates will be available via @laticsofficial

MORE ON OUR OPPONENTS

Managed by Georgios Paraschos, Atromitos finished fourth in the Greek Superleague in 2012-13, qualifying for the play-off stage of the Europa League for the second consecutive season.

Last season they were narrowly eliminated at the play-off stage by Newcastle United after a 1-1 draw at their home ground the Peristeri Stadium but fell to a 1-0 defeat in the second leg at St James' Park.

Formed in 1923, Atromitos have tasted relative success in recent seasons with high league finishes and consecutive appearances in the Greek Cup final in 2011 and 2012.

FAMILIAR FACES

Summer signing Dimitrios Papadopoulos spent two years at Burnley from 2001-2003 where earned his first international call-up for Greece.

His time at Turf Moor was followed by a big career move back to Greece with Super League giants Panathinaikos.

After a sensational first season for the Athens-based side, Papadopolous claimed a place in Greece's 2004 European Championship winning squad.

Another man to have plied his trade briefly in England is Stathis Tavlaridis who signed for Arsenal as a 21-year-old in 2001.

He spent three years at Highbury but couldn't force his way into the Gunners' back four and subsequently had a loan spell on the south coast with Portsmouth.

Atromitos currently have four active Greek internationals; Michalis Sifakis, Kostas Giannoulis, Sokratis Fytanidis and Elini Dimoutsos.

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