Preview: Wigan Athletic v Blackpool – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Championship clash between Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Athletic Wigan will start life without Leam Richardson at the helm on Saturday where they host Blackpool at DW Stadium in the Championship.

Six defeats in the last seven saw the Latics slip into the relegation places heading into the World Cup break, while Blackpool hover just above the bottom three ahead of what is an important game in the lower part of the second level.

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Having managed to pick up a single point in the last seven league outings, Wigan’s hierarchy decided on Thursday morning that a managerial change was needed to help the club maintain their league status after propelling Rotherham United to the title. Ligue 1 last season.

During his 18 months in charge of the Latics, Richardson steered the financially-struggling club to third-tier security and then promoted to the Championship the following season, but like many clubs Wigan struggled to move on. at this level.

Many supporters question the speed of such a move from the club owners given the 42-year-old’s reputation at Wigan but also the lack of investment this summer, which has meant that the current game team is very similar to the one that was working. in Ligue 1 last year.

Deputy director Rob Kelly will take care of Wigan on an interim basis for the Seasiders’ visit on Saturday, with the Lancashire-based club 23rd in the Championship on 20 points from as many matches, two points from safety.

Wigan have struggled hugely to pick up points in front of their own fans this season – a common feature of relegated sides in the past – having managed to pick up just six points from 10 appearances at the DW Stadium, four less than any other side at home . grass.

Gary Madine celebrates Blackpool's goal on October 8, 2022© Reuters

With two wins at the end of October, including a derby day win over bitter rivals Preston North End, Blackpool looked set to finish this part of the Championship season ahead of the World Cup break in good form.

However, the Seasiders have failed to earn any points in their three November matches so far and have also failed to score in that span, a worrying turn of events for the head coach. Michael Appleton.

Michael CarrickThe rejuvenated Middlesbrough side convincingly beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road last time out in a game where the hosts managed just one shot on target, a metric that will surely have to improve at Wigan if they are to get three points on their last away adventure. before the season break.

Currently 21st in the Championship table after 20 games, the Tangerines are enjoying their second season at this level after a difficult six-year absence and risk having to scrap with some big clubs like West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield Town in order to get away from the three bottom.

Blackpool have picked up more points away from home this season than at Bloomfield Road and are no stranger to big results on the road after narrowly beating Queens Park Rangers in west London towards the start of this campaign .

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Blackpool boss Michael Appleton on August 16, 2022© Reuters

Wigan will remain without the services of their first-choice keeper when Blackpool arrive in town on Saturday, with Ben Amos until after the World Cup with a broken rib, which means 33 years Jamie Jones will start a fifth consecutive game between the sticks.

Temporary boss Kelly also won’t be able to bring in the former Blackburn Rovers man Ryan Nyambethe Namibian international with a knee injury that has sidelined him since Wigan’s defeat at Hull City last month.

Blackpool’s injury crisis continues as they travel to face the Latics on Saturday, with nine first-team players with various issues including Jake Beesley and Jordan Gabriel.

Appleton will be able to welcome back Callum Connolly to the matchday squad however after serving his one-game suspension for picking up his fifth booking of the season in the loss to Luton Town.

Central defender James Mari is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the DW Stadium after limping off in the second half against Middlesbrough with a hamstring problem, an injury Appleton may not want to aggravate in his side’s last game before a break. ‘a month.

Wigan Athletic’s possible starting line-up:
Jones; Edmonds-Green, Whatmough, Tilt; Darikwa, Power, Cousins, McClean; Lang, Wyke, Keane

Possible starting line-up for Blackpool:
Maxwell; Ward, Ekpiteta, Williams, Thompson; Yates, Dougall, Patino; Carey, Lavery, Hamilton

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We say: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Blackpool

With both sides in poor form heading into this clash at DW Stadium, it’s unclear who will take the lead and earn three vital points at the bottom of the Championship.

Wigan have been dismal at home so far this season but should be good enough to earn a draw with a diligent performance against Blackpool in this one.

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