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DONCASTER v WIGAN ATHLETIC PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

15:00 17th January 2014

by Stewart Frodsham

We look ahead to the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium

Doncaster Rovers v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 18 January 2014, kick off 3.00pm
Keepmoat Stadium


Away Fan Guide

Doncaster Rovers have a guide for away supporters.  You can download and print by [clicking here].

Match Preview


Uwe Rosler takes his side to Doncaster looking to maintain their promotion charge cheered on by over 1500 supporters.  Unbeaten in six league games and two FA Cup third round ties, Latics have shot up the Sky Bet Championship table and are now just 3 points off a top six place.

In contrast, Doncaster Rovers are nine games with a win and have scored just two goals in their last seven league outings - form which has seen them drop into the bottom three where they find themselves a point adrift of safety.  Their last victory came at the end of November against QPR at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Team News

Injuries have been a problem for Paul Dickov however but Paul Keegan could return to boost the Rovers midfield having played an hour against Shrewsbury Town in a midweek reserve game.  The 29-year-old has missed the last two months with a hamstring injury. 

Rovers were boosted by the return of fit-again James Husband and James Coppinger at Ewood Park and, with Jamie McCombe returning alongside Keegan in the reserves this week. Paul Quinn, however, is struggling to shake off a knee problem in time, but new addition Gabriel Tamas in line to start at right back.

New arrival Nicky Maynard is eligible to play after his loan switch from Cardiff City and is expected to go straight in to the squad.  It remains to be see whether the manager will hand him a full debut or if he'll make that first Latics appearance from the bench.

Wigan will continue without long term absentees Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell but fit again Ben Watson returned to action in midweek against MK Dons and is expected to continue in Midfield. 

Head to Head

Wigan have the superior head to head record over Doncaster with ten league wins to Rovers' seven.  [Click here] to see the full head to head record between the two sides.

Form Guide

Doncaster Rovers (P6, W0, D1, L5)

Sat 11 Jan - Championship - Blackburn (A) - L1-0
Sat 04 Jan - FA Cup R3 - Stevenage (H) - L2-3
Wed 01 Jan - Championship - QPR (A) - L2-1
Sun 29 Dec - Championship - Millwall (H) - D0-0
Thu 26 Dec - Championship - Ipswich (H) - L0-3
Sat 21 Dec - Championship - Derby (A) - L3-1

Wigan Athletic (P6, W2, D4, L0)

Tue 14 Jan - FA Cup R3 - MK Dons (A) - D1-1 (W3-1AET)
Sat 11 Jan - Championship - Bournemouth (H) - W3-0
Sat 04 Jan - FA Cup R3 - MK Dons (H) - D3-3
Wed 01 Jan - Championship - Derby (A) - W0-1
Sun 29 Dec - Championship - Burnley (H) D0-0
Thu 26 Dec - Championship - Birmingham (H) - D0-0

Last League Line-ups

Doncaster (v Blackburn (A) L1-0): R Turnbull, L McCullough (D Cotterill, 79), B Khumalo yellow card, A Meite yellow card, E Stevens, M De Val Fernandez, J Coppinger, R Wellens yellow card, H Forrester (M Duffy, 68), J Husband yellow card (A Peterson, 67), C Brown.
Subs not used: L Wakefield, D Furman, J Maxted, K Bennett

Wigan Athletic (v Bournemouth (H) W3-0): A Al Habsi, L Barnett, J Perch (T Browning, 45), E Boyce, J Beausejour, B Watson (R Espinoza, 78), C McCann yellow card, J McArthur, C McManaman (J Gomez, 63), N Powell, M Fortune.
Subs not used: S Crainey, J McClean, L Nicholls, G Holt.

Match Officials

Referee - Keith Hill
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Cook
Assistant Referee 2 - Matt Mcgrath
Fourth Official - Trevor Kettle
Assessor - Paul Robinson

Everybody Else

Leeds v Leicester (12.15pm)
Barnsley v Blackpool
Birmingham v Yeovil
Bournemouth v Watford
Burnley v Sheff Weds
Derby v Brighton
Middlesbrough v Charlton
Millwall v Ipswich
Nottm Forest v Blackburn
QPR v Huddersfield
Reading v Bolton

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