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LATICS V MARIBOR PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

19:45 2nd October 2013

by Stewart Frodsham

Wigan Athletic entertain NK Maribor in the Europa League this Thursday

Wigan Athletic v NK Maribor
UEFA Europa League, Group D, Matchday 2
Thursday 2 October 2013, kick off 8.05pm

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Match Preview


Wigan Athletic create more history on Thursday night as they welcome European opposition to Wigan for the first time in a competitive match in the first of three home Group D UEFA Europa League games.  Slovenian side NK Maribor are the opposition as Owen Coyle's side will look to build on a hard earned away point in Belgium against SV Zulte Waregem two weeks ago.

Maribor come into this fixture on the back of three defeats in their last four games and having just replaced their head coach with Ante Šimundža who spent 7 years as a striker at the club scoring 60 goals in 170 games.  This will be the 42-year-old's first game in charge.

Wigan Athletic are also looking to find some consistency with results, however performances have not concerned the manager Owen Coyle who insists that the team could well have picked up more points were it not for a number of refereeing decisions at key moments in games this season.

Team News

Owen Coyle said in his pre-match press conference that there will not be as many changes as have been made in previous games as he looks to maintain a more consistent line-up.  He also said that Jordi Gome, who was sat alongside him in that press conference that Jordi Gomez will definitely play.  Grant Holt, Gary Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis, Ali Al Habsi and Shaun Maloney will all continue to be missing through injury.

Recent Form   

Wigan Athletic
28/09/13v Watford (League)(A)L1-0
24/09/13v Man City (League Cup)(A)L5-0
22/09/13v Ipswich Town (League)(H)W2-0
19/09/13v Zulte Waregem (Europa League)(A)D0-0
14/09/13v Leicester City (League)(A)L2-0
    
NK Maribor
28/09/13v FC Koper (League)(A)L2-1
25/09/13v NK Rudar Velenje (League)(H)D1-1
22/09/13v Nk Zavrc (League)(A)L1-0
19/09/13v Rubin Kazan (Europa League)(H)L2-5
14/09/13v NK Domzale (League)(A)W0-1


Last Europa League Line ups


Wigan Athletic (v SV Zulte Waregem [A] D0-0]: S Carson, J Perch, E Boyce, S Crainey, R Shotton, C McCann, J Gomez (B Watson, 66), J McArthur, C McManaman (M Fortune, 66), J McClean, N Powell (N Dicko, 83).
Subs not used: J Garcia, L Nicholls, R Espinoza, A Buxton.

Nk Maribor (v FC Rubin Kazan [H] L2-5): J Handanovic, Arghus (D Trajkovski, 44), A Mejac yellow card, A Rajcevic, M Milec yellow card, D Bohar, Z Filipovic, G Cvijanovic (M Crnic, 76), M Morales Tavares, A Mertelj, J Mendy (N Fajic, 64).
Subs not used: M Pridigar, N Potokar, A Dervisevic, T Dodlek.

Match Officials:

Referee: Aleksandar STAVREV (MKD)
Assistant 1: Marjan KIROVSKI (MKD)
Assistant 2: Dejan KOSTADINOV (MKD)
4th Official: Dejan NEDELKOSKI (MKD)
Additional assistant referee 1: Dimitar MECKAROVSKI (MKD)
Additional assistant referee 2: Goran SPIRKOSKI (MKD)

Club Shop

There will be a limited range of Europa League merchandise on sale from the club shop at the stadium which will be open from approximately 5pm on the day of the game.

Tickets

Tickets for this game will be available until kick off on Thursday evening.  Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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