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If Wigan Athletic start these 3, they easily beat Stoke City

Back to the DW we go. Thank god after Saturday. It’s only a League Cup tie, however a good opportunity for players that haven’t started yet to showcase themselves for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic host Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup. Latics return home after losing 3-0 to Preston on Saturday, while Stoke City have started the season poorly, losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic in their second league game.

So, a return for Nick Powell may be on the cards. However, let’s take a look at a few players that may start for the home side…

Jamal Lowe

This is a perfect time for Lowe to start his first Latics game. There’s little pressure on the match, of course, we’d like to win, but it’s not a competition we’re likely to win, so it’s a bit of a free hit. I felt we were crying out for a Lowe type player on Saturday, someone with pace and quality around the box. We just lacked creativity on Saturday, all too pedestrian and predictable. Let Lowe have a go, he may well earn himself a starting spot vs Leeds United on Saturday.

Callum Lang

It’s likely Lang will be loaned out again, following the arrival of Bright Enobakhare on deadline day. However, I think the youngster has earned himself an opportunity to start a competitive game for Latics. Stoke’s defence looked very poor vs Charlton, perhaps this will be an open game and a one with plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Lang is a natural finisher, what better way to start his career, than with a couple of goals on home debut.

Joe Williams

Williams arrived from Everton during this summers transfer window, with a big reputation. He’s known for his tough-tackling and hard work, we could’ve done with that on Saturday. Although Preston had an extra man in midfield, that Cook didn’t match up against, we got completely dominated. Lee Evans and Lewis McLeod aren’t defensive midfielders in my opinion, especially away from home, good footballers yes but tough midfielders that can win battles, I’m not so sure. Williams sounds better suited to them affairs, let’s give him a chance and see what he’s got.

‘That performance was atrocious and unacceptable’ Wigan Athletic show no signs of change or adaptation following defeat

That it. I’m never going to Deepdale ever again, in my life. That was my third visit to the place, never seen Wigan Athletic score, let alone get a point.

On a serious note, Saturday was just Wigan Athletic in a nutshell. It’s the hope that kills you. A brilliant performance the previous week vs Cardiff City, followed by that ****show at Preston, backed by 3,000 travelling supporters.

It’s easy to get carried away, it’s only three points and the second game of the season. However, that performance was atrocious and unacceptable. It was possibly worse than last season’s performance at Preston, why haven’t we changed and adapted?

I still really worry for our squad away from home. We just haven’t got that fight and grit in our squad to match home teams. Preston wasn’t brilliant on Saturday, they just outfought us and benefited from our terrible mistakes.

For example, their first goal came after four consecutive corners. That just allows their fans to get behind them, the home side gains momentum and it was a matter of time before we succumbed to the pressure. That’s when you need a leader to just clear the ball, relieve the pressure and rebuild. We don’t have that commanding defensive player.

Home v Away for Wigan

It’s startling to see the difference between our performances at home and away. You could be watching a different team.

In my opinion, Cook needs to change it up away from home. For example, Michael Jacobs is excellent at home, when he’s given time on the ball and starts higher up the pitch. Away from home, he’s a passenger. He isn’t quick enough and doesn’t get time on the ball as he does at home.

The way to play away from home, pace on the counter-attack. We didn’t have any on Saturday, master of our downfall.

Anyway, we got our annual drubbing at Preston. Things can only get better.

How Wigan Athletic’s starting 11 should look vs Preston North End tomorrow, agree?

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.

Could Preston North End reignite former Man Utd prodigy, James Wilson

Preston are interested in signing former Man United forward James Wilson. The 24-year-old forward will be looking for a move to reignite his career. 

He burst onto the scene in 2014, marking his senior debut for Man United with two goals against Hull. As always, the hype and media talk around him went through the roof. He was the next Wayne Rooney after ONE GAME. The striker then scored all four goals in United’s 4-1 win over City in the Manchester Senior Cup final.

United loaned him out to Brighton. However, he struggled to make a positive impact at The Seagulls, scoring just five goals in 28 appearances. A serious knee injury cut short another loan spell at Derby.

In the 2017/18 campaign, Wilson headed to Sheffield United for a spell. Unfortunately, it didn’t prove fruitful for either party as he played just eight times.

Time to give Scotland a go. Aberdeen was the next destination for the forward, he featured 24 times at Pittodrie and scored four goals.

He’s since been released from Man United. I genuinely hope he finds a new club, stays fit and plays regularly. You can’t be signed by United for nothing, there’s a good player in there. Wilson just needs an opportunity, start enjoying his football and scoring goals again.

Looking back, scoring two goals on his debut was probably the worst thing that he could’ve done. The hype on social media that it created, is crazy. His career changed overnight, expectations went mad.

Good luck Wilson, I hope you make the right career move.