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Match Preview: Wigan v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

27 August 2021

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Wigan Athletic v Pompey

Pompey make the long trip north for a second successive weekend when they visit Wigan on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side saw their 100 per cent winning record ended by a goalless draw at Doncaster last time out.

But another shut-out means the Blues are one of just two sides – along with League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday – yet to concede in the entire EFL.

Their next opponents were beaten at Sunderland on the opening day, but have gone on to enjoy win over Rotherham and Charlton, as well as a draw with Wycombe.

Leam Richardson’s troops also beat both Hull and Bolton to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup, where they will lock horns with the Black Cats once more.

Wigan exited administration towards the end of last season and survived the drop by just a single point.

And they have worked hard to revamp their squad over the summer, with 13 new players coming through the door.

Both sides won on each other’s patch during the 2020/21 campaign, as a strike from substitute Andy Cannon was enough to secure Pompey the points at the DW Stadium on Easter Monday.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are sweating over the fitness of Marcus Harness (quad), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are definitely missing.

Tom Naylor and Jack Whatmough are both expected to feature against their former club for Wigan, who could hand a debut to Tom Bayliss.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett or watch the video below.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Wigan: 6 wins
4 draws

At Wigan
Pompey: 5 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can purchase tickets (cash only) at the DW Stadium ticket office on the day of the game.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistants: Mark Russell and George Byrne
Fourth Official: Robert Massey-Ellis

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Glen Little by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the narrow 13/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/4.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Tonight
Burton v Cheltenham (7.45pm)

Saturday
Rotherham v Doncaster (1pm)
Cambridge v Bolton
Charlton v Crewe
Ipswich v AFC Wimbledon
MK Dons v Accrington
Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Oxford v Lincoln
Plymouth v Fleetwood
Shrewsbury v Gillingham
Sunderland v Wycombe

LAST MEETING


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