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Preview: Wigan v Rovers

Get ready for Saturday's big game at the DW Stadium

26 October 2017

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Rovers make the short journey to Wigan this weekend, looking to make it back-to-back wins in the league.

Here's our guide to the game...


Tony Mowbray's side currently occupy the final play-off place in the League One standings following last weekend's impressive 3-0 win over Portsmouth, and have two games in hand over four of the top five sides, incluing Wigan. Rovers have conceded just 10 goals in the league so far this season, only one more than Saturday's opponents going into the match. Kick-off at the DW Stadium is scheduled for 3pm, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow Rovers subscribers after the game.


Last time out, the Blues were boosted by the return of defender Paul Downing, who managed 90 minutes and helped Rovers to a clean sheet. Also back from injury was midfielder Corry Evans, who stepped off the bench in the second half - he's expected to be available again this weekend. Darragh Lenihan remains a long-term absentee, but is doing well in his recovery. Mowbray could provide a further update on his squad during his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon and, as always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups in the build-up to kick-off on matchday.


Like Rovers, Wigan got back to winning ways last weekend, securing a 3-1 victory at Blackpool. The Latics sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Shrewsbury, and have the best goal difference in the division, having already scored 29 goals in the league. Wigan's leading scorer in 2017-18 is Nick Powell; the former Manchester United man has found the net seven times in League One so far, and is expected to lead the line again on Saturday.


Rovers and Wigan have only ever played 24 matches in all competitions, with the Blues winning or drawing on 18 occasions. The first-ever meeting between the clubs came in August 1986, and it wasn't until December 2007 that Rovers first tasted defeat in this fixture. Our biggest-ever win over Wigan - a 4-3 victory at Ewood Park - came during the 2013-14 Championship season, and our most recent match against the Latics was played earlier this year, with Rovers running out 1-0 winners.


Rovers have enjoyed fantastic support on the road this season, and will take another big following this weekend. If you're heading to Wigan on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 


Tickets are still available for the game, but are selling quickly. We have now sold over 2,000 and fans have until 3.30pm on Friday to purchase from the club. Get yours by clicking here or calling the Rovers ticket office on 01254 372000. Note: Wigan will be selling on the day (cash payment on the turnstiles) but there will be a £2 price increase for adults and seniors.


Northampton v Blackpool (2pm), Bristol Rovers v MK Dons, Bury v Doncaster , Charlton v Wimbledon, Fleetwood v Oxford, Oldham v Scunthorpe, Peterborough v Shrewsbury, Plymouth v Rochdale, Portsmouth v Bradford, Rotherham v Gillingham, Walsall v Southend. All games kick-off at 3pm unless otherwise stated.

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