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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKPOOL

PUBLISHED

15:57 25th April 2014

by Stewart Frodsham

Latics final regulation home game of the season seas the Seasiders visit the DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic v Blackpool
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 26 April 2014, kick off 3.00pm
DW Stadium

Tickets

Tickets will continue to be available to home supporters up until kick off from the DW Stadium tickets office.  [Click here] for full ticket purchasing information.

Match Preview

Latics prepare to face Blackpool in their final regulation home game of the season this Saturday knowing a win will guarantee a play-off place and keep alive the chance to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Blackpool arrive at the DW Stadium after a very good performance at Brighton on Monday where Stephen Dobbie’s 50th minute strike cancelled out the Brighton opener just after the break.

Latics arrive at this fixture after two very contrasting games over the Easter period and Uwe Rosler will be looking for a repeat of the Good Friday performance over Reading rather than that from the Bank Holiday Monday clash against now promoted Burnley.

Latics will continue without the services of Ben Watson (broken leg) and Chris McMann (knee) while Ivan Ramis is still to fully recover the hamstring strain he picked up at Wembley a fortnight ago against Arsenal.

Blackpool look set to welcome back striker Ricardo Fuller while Gary MacKenzie, Jack Robinson and Angel Martinez all remain sidelined.

Head to Head

Wigan Athletic have the slight edge over Blackpool with 14 wins to Blackpool’s 11 although the Seasiders have won three of the last four meetings. [Click here] for our full head to head guide.

Last Six Meetings

19 Oct ’13 – Championship – Blackpool 1 Latics 0
16 Apr ’11 – Premier League – Blackpool 1 Latics 3
14 Aug ’10 – Premier League – Latics 0 Blackpool 4
26 Aug ’09 – League Cup – Blackpool 4 Latics 1
08 Feb ’03 – League Div 2 – Latics 1 – Blackpool 1
09 Nov ’02 - League Div 2 – Blackpool 0 Latics 2

Form Guide

Wigan Athletic (P6, W2, D2, L2)

Mon 21 Apr – Championship – Burnley (A) – L2-0
Fri 18 Apr – Championship – Reading (H) – W3-0
Sat 12 Apr – FA Cup SF – Arsenal (Wembley) – D1-1
Tue 08 Apr – Championship – Millwall (H) – L0-1
Sat 05 Apr – Championship – Leeds (H) – W1-0
Tue 01 Apr – Championship – Leicester (H) – D2-2

Blackpool (P6 W0, D2, L4)

Mon 21 Apr – Championship – Brighton (A) – D1-1 
Fri 18 Apr – Championship – Burnley (H) – L0-1
Sat 12 Apr – Championship – Leeds (A) – L2-0
Tue 08 Apr – Championship – Derby (H) – L1-3
Sat 05 Apr – Championship – Yeovil (H) – L1-2
Sat 29 Mar – Championship – QPR (A) – D1-1

Last League Line Ups

Wigan Athletic (v Burnley [A] L2-0): A Al Habsi, L Barnett, J Perch yellow card, E Boyce yellow card, S Crainey (C McManaman, 45), J Beausejour, J Collison yellow card, J Gomez (R Kiernan, 45), J McArthur, J McClean (N Maynard, 77), M Fortune yellow card.
Subs not used: N Powell, G Caldwell, S Carson, S Maloney

Blackpool (v Brighton [A] D1-1): M Gilks, H McGahey yellow card, T McMahon yellow card, C Cathcart yellow card, A Halliday, S Dobbie yellow card, I Osbourne yellow card (D Goodwillie, 75), N Bishop, D Perkins, C Basham (F Haroun, 58), A Keogh (Angel, 75)
Subs not used: T Barkhuizen, E Grandin, M Halstead, L Almond

Match Officials

Referee - Andy D'Urso
Assistant Referee 1 - Billy Khatib
Assistant Referee 2 - Robert Merchant
Fourth Official - James Mainwaring

Everybody Else

Brighton v Yeovil
Burnley v Ipswich
Birmingham v Leeds
Bournemouth v Forest
Charlton v Blackburn
Derby v Watford
Doncaster v Reading
Huddersfield v Leicester
Middlesbrough v Barnsley
QPR v Millwall
Sheff Weds v Bolton

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