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KICK OFF IS HERE

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11:00 2nd August 2013

Barnsley v Wigan Athletic
Football League Championship
Saturday 3 August 2013,kick off 3.00pm
Oakwell Stadium

TICKET NEWS

There are now no tickets left at the DW Stadium ticket office but tickets will be on sale on the day at Oakwell.  [Click here] for the full ticket information for this game.

FOLLOW THE GAME

You can follow the game live in a number of ways.  Listen to full match commentary on Latics Player where you will also be able to watch video highlights and exclusive video reaction from the manager and all of the key players.  You can also follow our free text updates with our CoverItLive service by [clicking here]. There'll also be goal and major incident updates on our social channels via Facebook and Twitter.
 
MATCH PREVIEW

Wigan Athletic begin their campaign to return to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking with an opening day fixture against David Flitcroft's Barnsley at Oakwell.  

Flitcroft joined Barnsley in January following the departure of Keith Hill who was sacked following the defeat by Blackburn after a run of only one win in 14 games.  But the Tykes went on to finish last season in decent form losing just two of their last nine games to secure their place in the Championship.  

The Oakwell side have added to their squad in the summer including the high profile signings of Chris O'Grady from Sheffield Wednesday, former Liverpool youth team player Dale Jennings from Bayern Munich and the highly-rated 20-year-old Ghana striker John Cofie from Manchester United 

There could also be one or two familiar faces on show for Barnsley including striker Jason Scotland and midfielder Tomasz Cywka.

TEAM NEWS

There could be up to nine new signings making their debuts for Latics this Saturday and possibly more with Adam Buxton, Rakish Bingham, Danny Redmond and Nouha Dicko all having played some part in Coyle's pre-season teams.  

Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Ali Al Habsi all continue to recover from the long term injuries while Thomas Rogne will be given until late in the week to rejoin the squad following the back injury that saw him leave the field against Dundee Utd last Saturday.

For Barnsley Paul Digby is currently struggling with a thigh strain and Kelvin Etuhu is unavailable according to manager David Flitcroft.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:  Geoff Eltrincham
Assistant Referees: Alan Clayton and Edward Smart
4th Official: Rob Merchant
 
LATICS RECORD AGAINST BARNSLEY




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