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Wigan Athletic v Albion match preview

19 October 2018

ALBION will be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Wigan currently sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship on 17 points after five wins, two draws and five losses from their opening 12 games.

Paul Cook’s side made a strong start to the campaign following their promotion from League One last season, but have been defeated in two of their last three fixtures - enduring a 4-0 defeat at Preston most recently.

Last time out

Albion’s last visit to the DW Stadium was back in 2012, when a James Morrison header and Gary Caldwell’s own goal were enough to hand the Baggies a 2-1 win.

Morrison celebrates at the DW with his team-mates

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are currently seven unbeaten in the Championship (W5, D2).
  • Albion are the top scorers in the division having netted 31 times so far this season - nine more than the second-highest scores (Leeds United). The Baggies also have the best goal difference (+14).
  • Saturday could see Albion reach the summit of the league if they better Sheffield United's result. Chris Wilder's side travel to play Derby County at 5.30pm.

Wigan Athletic

  • The Latics are on a run of three league matches without a win (D1, L2).
  • Wigan have only ever hosted Albion once in the second tier of English football - when they ran out 1-0 winners in September 2003.
  • Manager Paul Cook previously played for Wigan - making nearly 100 appearances at the start of a career that saw him go on and turn out for the likes of Wolves, Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Burnley and Accrington Stanley.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the most recent meeting between the sides at the DW Stadium...

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Wigan narrowly come out on top.

Of the 19 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won seven times, Wigan have been victorious on eight occasions and there have been four draws.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is Jeremy Simpson, and he’ll be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton - with Scott Oldham as the fourth official.

Simpson has been in the middle for one Albion game already this season - the 4-2 win over Bristol City in September.

Ticket news

An army of more than 3,300 Baggies supporters are set to make the trip up - and there is still a chance to join them.

The Club took a delivery of an additional batch of 879 tickets earlier in the week for the clash, taking the total allocation to 4,288.

It will be Albion’s biggest league following away from The Hawthorns since March 2012, when the Baggies took 4,600 to the very same venue.  

Seats for the 3pm kick-off are priced £30 adults, £15 seniors (65+), £10 U18s, £5 U11s and just £2 for U5s.

Tickets can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 10am, Stourbridge and Lye at 10.15am and The Hawthorns at 11am, is on offer for £17.

Kit news

The Baggies will don the famous yellow-and-green stripes, with green shorts and socks. 

Follow the game 

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Wigan is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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