Wigan Athletic started their season with a 3-2 victory over promotion favourites Cardiff City. Second-half goals from Michael Jacobs, Josh Windass and Lee Evans saw The Latics continue their fine home form.
Last season, Wigan began their season with a 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at home. Followed by a 4-0 defeat at Preston. Guess who they play on Saturday? Preston. At Deepdale. Please, not another 4-0.
Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, predicts how Paul Cook’s side may look on Saturday…
I’m usually a one for maintaining a winning side, why change something that ain’t broken? However, we should have our captain back fit and have signed a big-money striker since the Cardiff win, so I’m expecting a couple of tweaks to the starting 11.
David Marshall will continue in goal. Although he made a slight error for the first goal on Saturday, he recovered well after and his distribution was very good. Nathan Byrne looked back to his best last week and is comfortable playing as a wing-back if we play that formation, same as Robinson on the other side, pleased we signed him and his performance vs Cardiff reinforced why. Chey Dunkley will be used to combat Preston’s direct style, while Danny Fox will partner him a strong looking back five.
A derby game
If Morsy is fit, he plays. It’s his type of game, a fiery derby that we’ll need to fight in and win our fair share of tackles. It’s harsh to drop either of Lewis McLeod and Lee Evans after Saturday, they were both outstanding, however, Morsy is captain.
Anthony Pilkington was our best player in pre-season. The winger looked sharp on Saturday, worked hard and helped to cause the Cardiff defence problems. Jamal Lowe and Gavin Massey will be pushing for starts, but Michael Jacobs looked back to his best. He struggled with injuries last season, but returned with a goal on Saturday and was arguably one of our best players.
Josh Windass. MOTM. Let him run ragged. I liked his directness last week, pick up the ball and run at defenders, get in-behind their back-line. I hope that performance gives himself and the fans confidence, score a hat-trick on Saturday and you’ll have a statue, never mind everyone’s backing.
I expect Kieffer Moore to make his debut on Saturday. Jason Roberts scored 30 seconds into his Latics debut away at Preston. No pressure, Kieffer. Cook has been looking for a striker all summer, we’ve eventually signed one, let’s waste no time in getting him involved. Make yourself an instant hero.