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Preview: Wigan v Rovers

Mowbray's men head to the DW Stadium in search of three points on Wednesday night...

27 November 2018

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Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways with victory at Wigan on Wednesday evening.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers suffered a 4-1 defeat against Preston at Deepdale. Two early goals for the home side set the tone and, despite Danny Graham coming off the bench to half the deficit just after the break, North End scored twice more in the second half to condemn the Blues to just a fourth league defeat of the season. Tony Mowbray described the performance as "uncharacteristic" and will be looking for a response in midweek, when his side make the short journey to Wigan's DW Stadium in search of three points. Rovers are 11th in the table going into the game, while the Latics are 17th. As always, we'll be in attendance, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm. 


Corry Evans could return to the side, having been rested at the weekend, but Elliott Bennett will be suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Preston. Meanwhile, Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Mowbray is expected to provide a further update during his pre-match press conference. For Wigan, Will Grigg could return to the starting line-up following a hamstring injury, but Nick Powell could miss out after being forced off at the weekend. Antonee Robinson (ankle), Chey Dunkley (knee), Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) are expected to remain sidelined. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media. 


Wigan have hit a bump in the road of late, and are without a win since 20th October. Manager Paul Cook is hopeful that Saturday's goalless draw against Reading will have "stopped the rot" following four straight defeats, with his side just four points above the relegation zone. Powell is the Latics' leading scorer so far in 2018/19 with four goals and is likely to be their one to watch again this time around, should he be available. Wednesday's clash will be the 27th between the sides, and our first since March's 2-2 draw at Ewood Park. Rovers have a good record in this fixture, having won 14 and drawn six of the previous 26 meetings.


Not able to make it to the game? Blues Bar will be open from 12pm-11pm on Wednesday and showing live football, with food available until 9pm. 


Tickets are still available for the game, and can be purchased online, over the phone (01254372000) or at the Ewood ticket office. Fans will also be able to pay on the day, via cash payment on the turnstiles at the DW Stadium. Our total allocation is 2,086 tickets, with over 1,500 sold at the time of writing.


If you're heading to Wigan on Wednesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle on both platforms is now @Rovers. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.


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