MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Wigan Athletic

Back off the international break, can the Owls get their season going against Wigan?

The Owls haven’t lost two on the bounce at Hillsborough for a long time. Can they avoid defeat against the Latics?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Brentford (A) D 1-1 19 10 3 3 11 60%
WIGAN QPR (H) L 1-0 9 1 3 3 15 56%

Wednesday forgot to bring their shooting boots as despite creating a host of clear cut chances, they spurned the majority of them, Lucas Joao’s howler the peak of a frustrating afternoon, Sam Hutchinson’s late goal spared Owls blushes.

Wigan endured a frustrating afternoon and came out second best against QPR, it was also the first time the Latics had failed to score in 16 outings.

Last five games Brentford(a) Leeds(h) Burton(a) Norwich(a) Cambridge(a)
WEDNESDAY D 1-1 L 2-0 L 3-1 D 0-0 L 2-1
Last five games QPR(h) Forest(a) Birmingham(h) Blackburn(h) Oldham(a)
WIGAN L 1-0 L 4-3 D 1-1 W 3-0 L 2-1

Wednesday are searching for their first win since the opening day, the absence of Glenn Loovens has been felt as the defence has conceded sloppy goals on a regular basis to date, add that to the attack being underwhelming so far and it’s no surprise that the Owls are 19th, it’s early days yet though.

Wigan have struggled with the step up so far, scoring goals hasn’t been a massive problem, keeping them out has, with only hapless Blackburn being kept out.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS WIGAN WINS DRAWS
3 3 0

LAST MEETING

30th December 2014, DW Stadium, Att – 14,571

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Wednesday

(A.Nuhiu 77)

Adthe Nuhiu’s header saw the Owls complete a double over Wigan in 2014/15, even more remarkable given the Owls’ terrible home form in that campaign.

Meetings have been scarce between the two sides as the Latics’ ascent through the leagues coincided with Wednesday’s descent, Wednesday were relegated to League One the same year Wigan got promoted to the Championship and when Wednesday regained their Championship status in 2005, Wigan were promoted to the Premier League.

There is one notable link, after his doomed from the start spell at Hillsborough, Paul Jewell had a lot of success at Wigan.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

David Jones misses out after his red card at Brentford but Glenn Loovens is ready to return.

New recruits Urby Emanuelson and Adam Reach may also feature.

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

BANNAN

BANNAN

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

LEE

LEE

REACH

REACH

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

KEY PLAYERS

Glenn Loovens has been missed, the Wednesday iceman is a calming influence alongside Tom Lees for a long time and Lees plays better when GL is around, with Wigan capable of scoring, this duo can put out Will Grigg’s fire.

Will Grigg became a sensation with perhaps one of the catchiest chants ever invented, with 32 goals in 47 Wigan appearances, it’s easy to see why defences are terrified.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Wigan WIN DRAW Loovens 1st Goal BTTS
BEST ODDS 10/11 50/13 27/10 25/1 Evens
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 Marathon Bet logo BetVictor-logo Bookies Badge Bet365 Bwin

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

Sometimes it just takes one win to get the ball rolling and positive momentum on our side and that’s just what Wednesday need.

There wasn’t much of a problem creating chances against Brentford, finishing them was a huge one, in some cases it was harder to miss but the Owls succeeded but we move on.

Wigan don’t have a problem scoring and despite their own bad start, they’re a side of battlers that won’t quit on you, if we can get the better of their defence early on, who knows what we can do.

If they can bully us in the midfield, we’re at a disadvantage.

VERDICT: Wednesday WIN 2-1

Danny
Owls Alive
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Twitter: @OwlsAlive and @MoseleyOwl


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