AFC Bournemouth vs Wigan Athletic – Match Preview

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Well it’s a little doom & gloom in the TNS Offices this week, Wildheart has been listening to Thrash Metal to try and lift the mood.  Alas though, it’s not done any favours & after an emergency TNS meeting last night, the actions meant Bert had to pop to B&Q to buy some Window locks (as we’re on the 1st Floor) and Steve had to remove all the sharp objects from the office bathrooms.

I have put the following poster up in the office to bring some positivity to the office vibe, but Mooney just thinks I’m trying to sell Glue!  We do though have to stay positive even after the Monday Night football defeat to Ipswich.

Keep Calm and Stick with Uwe

Any way to this weekend’s game.  It’s the 9th game of the Sky Bet Championship Season.  The match is away to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday the 27th September, kickoff is at 3pm, and the game will be played at the Goldsands Stadium.

Going into Saturday’s game, AFC Bournemouth are in 15th with 9 points, Wigan 2 places below them with 8 points.  The Leaders are Nottingham Forest on 18.

Last game out as we’ve mentioned, saw Wigan beaten by Ipswich at the DW 2-1.  Bournemouth’s last match was a mid week League Cup victory over Cardiff 3-0, which was after a 1-1 draw against Watford last weekend.  Yep, we’re going to get tonked.

Apparently the cracking victory over Cardiff mid week in the League Cup has set up a plumb home tie against West Bromwich Albion in a month’s time.

Both teams played in the Championship last season, with both teams tasting victory in their home ties.  Bournemouth winning 1-0 in Mid August last year, Wigan winning 3-0 in January, with Fortune, Ward (o.g.) and Gomez (remember him) scoring for Wigan.

Previous games between AFC Bournemouth and Wigan prior to last season, had seen the teams play in the FA Cup 3rd Round.  The first match ended 1-1 with Gomez getting Wigan’s goal (yep, he pops up here too), the replay 10 days later at Bournemouth, saw Wigan run out 1-0, with Wigan’s £6,000,000 prolific striker Boselli getting the winner.   You have to remember there were a couple of division between the teams at the time; Wigan of course went on to win that FA Cup beating Manchester City in May 1-0.  #happythoughts

Previous to that, league games were last played in December 2001 in the Old League Division Two.  That result was a 0-0 affair, other league games overall have seen Wigan win 13, Bournemouth win 14 & there have been 9 League draws.  There have also been 4 cup matches between the two, the FA Cup ties in 2013 as mentioned, also a League Cup game in September 2005, which saw Jason Roberts get the winner and almost 10 years earlier another FA Cup 3rd round tie, saw Wigan beat Bournemouth 3-0 in January 1986, with Kelly, Methven & Aspinall getting the goals.  So overall of the 40 games between the 2 teams, it’s rather tight head to head, with Wigan winning 16, Bournemouth winning 14, and there have been 10 draws.  Thanks to Cockney Latic for the Head to Head info.

Officials for the game are Gary Sutton as the bloke in the middle, Mark Derrien and Matt Foley, as the blokes who run on the edge of the field waving colourful flags & the Fourth Official is Colin Lymerand, who’ll just nod/shake his head for 90 minutes at the respective Managers.

Gary last time out for AFC Bournemouth was a game in February 2013; he dished out 4 Yellow cards in AFC Bournemouth’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

For Wigan it was a Championship game vs Reading in December 2013, with Wigan winning 2-1, and Gary dished out 6 Yellow cards.

Bookies for the game have a comfortable 51% saying this game is going to be a victory for AFC Bournemouth, 25% believe it’ll be a draw and the remaining 24% believe Wigan will win this one.  A thing to note is that Wigan hasn’t won away from home since April, 6 games ago.

Positives for Uwe is that Ben Watson is almost at the end of his 7 Month rehab after breaking his leg against Barnsley in February, hopefully he can come on as sub late on & nick one at the near post.

As for the game, wishful thinking aside, I’ll be happy with a point, but I do fear for our season, but we have to remain positive & STAY CALM.


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