Wigan Athletic v Rovers – Match Preview

Rovers will be looking at getting back to winning ways on the road as Mowbray’s men make the short journey to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic.

After a disappointing loss away to Oldham two weeks ago tomorrow, Rovers will look to recover their away form.

Wigan sit 2nd in the table, 2 points behind surprise leaders Shrewsbury Town and will be looking to overtake the high-flying Shrews.

Team news

Rovers’ only known absentee through injury is Darragh Lenihan, who is looking to step up his recovery back to first team football, meaning Charlie Mulgrew is likely to partner Paul Downing at the back.

Rovers will also be without Dominic Samuel, after the forward received a straight red card for kicking out at Pompey’s Christian Burgess in last week’s 3-0 win – consequently Samuel was given a three game ban.

This could pave the way for on-fire young striker Joe Nuttall to force his way into the squad. If “The Nutt” makes an impact, he could leave Mowbray with selection headaches for when Samuel returns to the team.

Wigan are likely to see the return of Ryan Colclough and Lee Evans back for duty. Forward Colclough has been out due to injury while midfielder Evans completed a three-game suspension when the Latics won 3-1 at Blackpool last weekend.

Both men scored for Wigan on Tuesday night after their 4-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Will Grigg (hamstring) is still unavailable, whilst Christian Walton (ankle), Craig Morgan (hip) and Shaun MacDonald (broken leg) will all be absent.

Form Guide

Wigan Last 5: WWWDW

Wigan have picked up 13 points from their last 5 games. They began with a 2-0 win over Walsall, before picking up a 2-1 win away to Scunthorpe – who Rovers beat earlier this season 1-0 courtesy of Marcus Antonsson.

Paul Cook’s men brushed Southend away 3-0 at the DW, before dropping 2 points away to Gillingham with a 1-1 draw last Tuesday. Last game, they won 3-1 away at Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool.

Rovers’ last 5: WWLDW

Rovers have picked up 10 points of the last possible 15. Two consecutive home wins – 2-0 and 1-0 over Rotherham and Gillingham respectively gave Rovers 6 points. However, they lost 1-0 away to Richie Wellens’ Oldham. before missing a host of chances to draw 1-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Last Saturday was a much improved performance, as Mowbray’s men turned over Portsmouth 3-0. Goals from Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Craig Conway gave Rovers a comfortable victory.

Previous meetings

Last meeting at the DW Stadium: Wigan Athletic 3-0 Rovers

Under new manager Owen Coyle, Rovers lost 3-0 to Wigan Athletic. Goals from Will Grigg and Nick Powell were followed by an own goal from centre-back Shane Duffy. One to forget.

One to remember: Wigan Athletic 0-3 Rovers

Rovers brushed Wigan aside with a dominant performance. Rovers opened the scoring through a brilliant goal from Pedersen. However, Steven Reid stole the show with a rocket from the edge of the box (below). Craig Belllamy rounded off a great team performance with a great goal.

Summary and Predicition

Rovers will need to be at their best to beat a strong Wigan side. Players like Ivan Toney and Nick Powell can really cause Rovers problems. However, Wigan’s playing style of going at Rovers make work in our favour, as we seem to prefer to take on teams who play like this.

One thing Mowbray shouldn’t do is to try and grind out a 1-0 win. It may work at lower sides but not at someone like Wigan.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 2-2 Rovers

Wigan scorers: Powell, Evans

Rovers scorers: Downing, Antonsson

Come on you Blues!

Thanks for reading. We previewed the Wigan game on our 1875 Podcast so make sure to listen to the episode. Click here to listen on YouTube and click here to listen on iTunes.