So the best bet for this games is to bank on Under 2.5 goals. Only 38% of Wigans home matches have seen over 2.5 goals. While, 67% of Sheffield Wednesdays away games have seen less than 3 goals. But their league stats this season clearly indicates that this is a potential low scoring game. However, none of these teams can be completely trusted due to their inability to win matches on a consistent basis.
Despite this, if they can replicate some of their form from last year in a tougher league, then the club should find themselves safely in mid-table. A win against Tranmere Rovers was expected but Cook would have hoped to have done better against Chesterfield and Rangers, who they drew and lost convincingly to. The team have only played three friendlies and results have been mixed. Whilst what really matters is the competitive games, Wigan would have hoped for a bit more this pre-season.
On the hour mark Powell scored the games decisive goal to thrust Wigan 3-1 in front, and despite Forestieri pulling a goal back shortly after, the hosts held on to secure all three points. Striker Nuhiu isnt renowned for his goal scoring, but the big Kosovo international scored one of his two goals so far this season, to bring Sheff Wed back onto level terms in the twentieth minute. Back in August these two sides produced a five-goal thriller at the DW Stadium, where Jacobs put Wigan in front after eleven minutes. Jacobs restored the home sides one goal lead and ensured Wigan were in front at the break with his twenty-sixth minute effort.
Jacobs doubled Wigans lead in the seventy-ninth minute and four minutes later a penalty from Garner wrapped up all three points for the hosts. Wigan ended their eight game winless run in all competitions with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Aston Villa. The Latics are still just six points above the relegation places, but a win on Saturday would certainly give them the confidence and belief needed to avoid the drop. The hosts took the lead shortly before the break through Roberts, but this tight and tense game didnt open up until the last eleven minutes.
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Jacobs restored the home sides one goal lead and ensured Wigan were in front at the break with his twenty-sixth minute effort. Striker Nuhiu isnt renowned for his goal scoring, but the big Kosovo international scored one of his two goals so far this season, to bring Sheff Wed back onto level terms in the twentieth minute. On the hour mark Powell scored the games decisive goal to thrust Wigan 3-1 in front, and despite Forestieri pulling a goal back shortly after, the hosts held on to secure all three points. Back in August these two sides produced a five-goal thriller at the DW Stadium, where Jacobs put Wigan in front after eleven minutes.
They have signed promising youngsters in Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, who impressed for them last year, as well as Chelsea starlet Reece James, a full-back who has been brought in to replace full-back Reece James, who has moved to Sunderland. If McManaman can keep fit, he could be a real asset for Wigan in their bid to stay in the league. The team have made some positive moves in the transfer window as well. In an attacking sense, winger Kal Naismith has been snapped up from Portsmouth, and it will be interesting to see if he can make the step up, whilst winger and former Wigan man Callum McManaman has been re-signed from Sunderland.
With the home win against Brentford on 21st January, they registered back-to-back wins for the first time in this season. It is unlikely that they take the defeat seriously as their focus is entirely on league games. They were in action at Old Trafford for the FA Cup tie last weekend, but were thrashed mercilessly by Manchester United on a 4-0 margin.
Even though Luton edged the possession, had far more corners, and shots than their guests, it was Wednesday who claimed the victory. On Tuesday night Sheff Wed progressed through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win against League One side Luton Town. The two teams went in level at the break goalless, despite the best efforts of the hosts, who certainly looked the more likely to score. However, just a minute into the second half and the Championship side took the lead through target man Nuhiu, who scored just his second goal in his last ten appearances for the Owls.
After a season in League One, Wigan are back in the Championship and will be looking to cement a place there. In addition to that, they lost only two games at home all season and six games overall, whilst went on a memorable FA Cup run which saw them beat eventual Premier League champions Manchester City. They won the 2017/18 League One title in style, playing an exciting brand of football under manager Paul Cook, scoring an average of 1.93 goals a game and conceding only 0.63, which meant they achieved clean sheets in 59% of their league matches. All in all then, it was a fantastic season for Wigan and fans will be looking forward to this one as well.