- Wigan Athletic v Preston North End match preview.
- Latics manager Warren Joyce: “Let’s make it a derby to remember.”
- Latics look to make it two wins in a row.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v PRESTON NORTH END
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017
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This is another big game, with the sides seeking points for different reasons. Warren Joyce and Latics will be looking to make it two in a row after Jake Buxton’s late winner earned the three points against Wolves on Tuesday. A victory could take Latics out of the bottom three should results go our way but the main objective from Joyce and the players will be to focus on earning the three points.
As for Preston, Simon Grayson celebrates his fourth anniversary as manager on Saturday and he will be hoping to make it a day to remember. Victory for his side will take them closer to the play-off positions and, cheered on by a full away end at the DW Stadium, they will certainly arrive full of optimism.
The scene is set for a good old fashioned Lancashire derby…
Simon Grayson, has worked wonders at Deepdale
Latics will be without goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard who, as well as being concussed against Fulham, damaged his elbow, meaning Matt Gilks will be hoping for another clean sheet. Another doubt is Michael Jacobs, who came off at half-time at Wolves with a hamstring strain. On the plus side, Gabriel Obertan made his debut at Molineux and is another option that Warren Joyce can call upon.
For Preston, manager Simon Grayson should add Paul Gallagher to his squad, after the influential midfielder missed the two recent victories over Brentford and Birmingham City, though Preston are likely to be unchanged.
SEASON SO FAR
The Lilywhites did not start their campaign very well but, since defeating Latics in the reverse fixture at Deepdale in September, their run of just four defeats in 24 games has made them among the most consistent sides in the division.
Their home form has been excellent and the majority of their points have been earned at Deepdale, while away from home, something has to give on Saturday as they have won five, drawn five and lost five of their 15 matches to date.
They arrive on the back of two really solid home wins against Brentford and Birmingham. Prior to that they earned a creditable draw at Barnsley but were beaten 2-0 at Cardiff.
CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS
The teams have met each other 35 times in league encounters, so far too much history to go through in full detail.
That said, this is the first league game here between the side for 12 years, so is hotly anticipated. Now, just in case anyone has forgotten what happened on that occasion….
SOME WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS…
There is a long list of connection both past and present but some of the main ones are listed here.
Of the current squads Warren Joyce had five years as a Preston player of course and Craig Morgan also played for the Lilywhites, while both Reece James and James Weir were trainees at Deepdale. On the Preston side, Tyias Browning, currently on loan from Everton, was with us in 2014.
Looking back in time, the list is pretty exhaustive, starting with Craig Davies who has just left us, then in some kind of chronological (and with lots of players missing!), Leon Clarke, Chris Kirkland, Kevin Kilbane, Neil Mellor, Jason Jarrett, Nathan Ellington, Colin Greenall, Darren Patterson, David Thompson, Peter Houghton, Alex Bruce, John Brown, Dennis Reeves…we could go on!!
The Duke is clearly wearing the wrong shirt here….
Referee - Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referee 1 - Nick Greenhalgh
Assistant Referee 2 - James Mainwaring
Fourth Official - Robert Jones