It has been a while since Wigan Athletic have been on the winning side against Bolton Wanderers but after just one loss in eight we are in good form going into this weekend’s clash.
It is over 300 minutes since we have scored against Bolton let alone beat them, but this Saturday is the day Latics can put that all behind them and leapfrog our nearest rivals.
Bolton are only 2 points in front of us in the table but a huge 8 places higher, so three points against them would project us quite a bit up the League and see us in good shape for the mad months that are approaching.
Looking at the stats we see that historically there isn’t much between the two teams with Latics just edging it with 11 wins to the Trotters 10 (7 draws). But stats aside and whether Bolton like it or not there is a big rivalry between us and both sets of fans will want the bragging rights for work on Monday morning.
Bolton is waiting on the fitness of newly capped striker Kevin Davies, with Gardner, Samuel, O’Brien and Sean Davies all sweating with him. Klasnic will also be missing after he was sent off in spectacular fashion against Stoke.
Latics have no injury worries but so the only absentee will be Ali Al Habsi who is not permitted to play against his registered club. That means Kirkland will almost certainly play in goals and might be joined by Gary Caldwell after the Scottish defender came through the reserve team win over City unscathed.
The referee for the game will be Howard Webb, who has so far dished out 21 yellows and no red cards this season (5 Premier League games). The last time he took charge of a Wigan game was ironically against Bolton last season at home in which he gave one yellow card and we drew 0-0.
Don’t forget that there are four tickets for £65 for this game and it promises to be a cracker.
Head To Head League
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Current League Positions
This Weekend In History
Wigan games from this week in years gone by, click the scores for more:
|23.10.1999||Cardiff City||Ninian Park||2-0||5,728|
|23.10.1990||Cambridge United||Abbey Stadium||3-2||4,626|
|23.10.1984||Bristol Rovers||Springfield Park||1-0||3,022|
|23rd October 2010|
|West Ham||v||Newcastle United|
|24th October 2010|
|Stoke City||v||Manchester United|
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