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Match Preview: Wigan v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

25 August 2017

There will be a host of familiar faces for Pompey fans to reacquaint themselves with at Wigan this weekend.

Paul Cook left Fratton Park at the end of last season to take over at the DW Stadium, bringing assistant Leam Richardson and other backroom members with him.

He has since signed former Blues striker Noel Hunt, as the Latics try to bounce straight back from relegation.

They have certainly made a bright start to life in the third tier and have a 100 per cent league record going into Saturday’s clash.

An opening day victory at MK Dons has been followed by triumphs over Bury and Oldham, with the Latics topping the table on goal difference.

The sides have not met since an insipid midweek goalless draw in the north-west towards the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

Aruna Dinadane bagged a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for Pompey at Fratton Park a few months earlier – a rare bright spot in a season that ended in Premier League relegation.

But surely the most memorable encounter was a 2-1 away victory for Harry Redknapp’s Blues in April 2006 – with goals from Benjani and Matt Taylor – that completed a ‘Great Escape’ from the drop.

TEAM NEWS
Nathan Thompson could feature after making his comeback for the reserves earlier in the week.

Jamal Lowe is also available following a three-match ban, while new signing Dion Donohue is in line to make his debut.

But the Blues will be without the injured defensive duo of Matt Clarke (groin) and Drew Talbot (hamstring).

Wigan are expected to revert to the side that beat Oldham in the league last Saturday after ringing the changes for a midweek Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Nathan Thompson have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below pre-match videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 wins
Wigan: 5 wins
3 draws

At Wigan
Pompey: 4 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Fans can buy tickets at the DW Stadium ticket office or from the cash turnstiles on the day of the game. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. They can select commentary by clicking on the cog-shaped settings icon and choosing ‘away’.

Click here for more information about subscribing to iFollow and click here for information on downloading the app so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have match updates on Twitter and the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Wigan are evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 29/10.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster
Blackburn v MK Dons
Blackpool v Oldham
Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood
Gillingham v Southend
Northampton v Peterborough
Oxford v Shrewsbury
Plymouth v Scunthorpe
Rochdale v Bury
Rotherham v Charlton
Walsall v Bradford

LAST TIME OUT


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