- Seventh meeting between Latics and the Addicks
- Latics looking for first win at South London club
- Both sides drew opening day fixture
Uwe Rosler’s Wigan Athletic side face their first away trip of the season on Saturday as they make the 450-mile round trip to Charlton Athletic.
The Valley has proved a difficult venue for Latics on three of their visits so far, with the 27,000 capacity stadium yet to see a Wigan Athletic goal.
Latics did take four points off the Addicks last season, though, and tickets are still available to purchase from DW Stadium Ticket Office up until 4pm on Friday 15 August and will also be available on the day at Charlton.
After winning on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign at Barnsley, Latics had to wait until their trip to the Valley in October to pick up another away league point.
Lee Nicholls made his league debut following an injury to Scott Carson in the warm up and the young stopper had an afternoon to remember, pulling off a string of fine saves to deny the Addicks.
Chris McCann headed Ben Watson’s corner against the bar as Latics looked to grab a winner but it wasn’t to be on a memorable day for Nicholls.
Late goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez ensured Latics extended their unbeaten home run under Uwe Rosler to seven games.
Marvin Sordell gave the Addicks a third minute lead before Reza Ghoochanneijhad struck the bar in the first-half for the visitors.
However, substitute Fortune slotted home Josh McEachran’s exquisite pass in the 88th minute before Gomez hit a superb free-kick on 90 minutes to seal the three points.
THIS TIME AROUND
Charlton go into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 4-0 Capital One Cup success over Colchester United in midweek.
The Addicks drew their opening day clash at Brentford 1-1 as Tommy Smith levelled for the Bees inside the final five minutes.
Latics’ visit is Charlton’s first home league game of the season with the Addicks notably good league starters after winning their previous five opening home league games prior to last season’s 1-0 defea to Bournemouth.
Similarly, Latics have an impressive record on their opening away trip of the season, unbeaten in their last five first away fixtures; Latics have won four and not conceded a goal.
James McArthur struck on the opening day of this season to give Latics a point against Reading on the opening day of the campaign before Uwe Rosler made ten changes for the midweek defeat at Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup.
MAN TO WATCH – IGOR VETOKELE
22-year-old Belgian striker Igor Vetokele scored on his Charlton Athletic debut at Brentford at the weekend after joining the Addicks from Danish Super League side FC Copenhagen in the summer.
A youth with Gent in his native Belgium, Vetokele scored nine goals in 38 appearances for Cercle Brugge in the 2011-12 season before joining FC Copenhagen.
The Belgian youth international and now full Angolan international scored 16 league goals in 43 league games before moving to the Valley ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
Standing at just 5’8, Vetokele is surprisingly powerful and his movement makes him a danger in the opposition area.
For more previews ahead of the game visit the links below.
Rosler – “Everybody is ready to go.”
Rob Kiernan previews Charlton clash.
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