Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool Match Preview

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Match preview vs Blackpool

So to yet another Championship match, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier article, with Wigan’s recent form, its all Doom & Gloom here in the Wigan TNS Offices.

Even though Steve’s got his new Year Book, he’s not at all happy.  Neither is Peter, nor Alan (even though England beat India), Jimmy (New Mudhutter out soon) & Definitely Bert, it’s a damn sad place here, though not as dark as the Owen ‘tight shorts’ Coyle days of November last year!

So to the 4th game of the season, this time up it is Blackpool, the match will be played at Wigan’s own DW Stadium on Saturday the 23rd August at 3pm.

Neither team has a win so far in this season’s Championship, with Wigan just edging it in the table with worrying 1 point & 21st place vs Blackpool’s bottom of the table 24th place with 3 defeats on the spin.

Blackpool’s preparations for this season weighed heavily in the press this summer. At one point, the club only had 8 players on their books, with no goalkeeper. They have since done some recruitment, though I do believe for their first game of the season they couldn’t name a full bench! Which is better than not having 11 players, some of those signatures though have seen ex Wigan players in Tomasz Cywka playing at Blackpool, with Tomasz scoring against Blacbuuuuurn in 1 of only 2 goals in 3 games Blackpool have scored.

Previous meeting between these 2 teams; saw last season’s Championship matches both go to Blackpool, with a 1-0 defeat at Bloomfield Road and a surprising 2-0 defeat at the DW in late April. Overall there have been 28 League games between the two, with Wigan edging it 12 wins to Blackpool’s 8. We’ve also played Blackpool 10 times in Cup matches, with Blackpool edging these games 6 to 3.

Ironically enough it is a Blackpool match with Wigan that allowed me as a 9 year old to watch my first ever FA Cup game. A Works Coach from Pemberton’s ‘Triangle Valve’ was put on, it left from outside the White Swan in Pemberton on the morning of 24th of November 1979, if you can remember it ended 1-1 with the legend that is Colin Methven getting Wigan’s goal in a 1-1 draw, in a 1st Round Tie.

Overall and again thanks to Cockney Latic, the overall Head to Head vs Blackpool, is played 38 times, Wigan 15 wins, Blackpool 14 wins, with 9 draws.

Referee for this game is that man Carl Boyeson, with Nicholas Gibbons and Duncan Street as the Linesman and David Richardson as the 4th official. Carl’s last and only match against Wigan was the 2-2 draw vs Doncaster last season.

Team News, with the match against Cardiff seeing Boyce return and Tavernier play from the bench, the only injury news I’m aware of is Ben Watson rehabilitation from his February leg break & Chris McCann’s long term injuries, with no current return dates.  Also only other impact is the constant linking of James McArthur to Burnley, with it being understood they’ve upped their bid from £4m to £5m.

I usually add a bit on ‘form’ here in the preview but it been so poor it was part of the intro and well known, no need to dwell anymore.

So in a way a must win game for Wigan, the 3 points are needed, if not for climbing the table, but probably more to build some confidence in the players and Manager. Also to stop those damn #bringbackcoyle trends we’ve see on Twitter.

Andy

 

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