The inside track into Wigan Athletic as strengths and weaknesses analysed for Bristol City clash
The Robins have had a shorter turnaround than their opponents who were dumped out of the cup by Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening.
Wigan are unbeaten in their opening two league matches albeit both have been draws but that is more than what City have after suffering back-to-back defeats.
The performances have been there for City, especially against Hull whilst against Sunderland last week, the first-half was positive but in the second period they struggled.
Today’s match at the DW Stadium is an opportunity to get the season up-and-running well and truly but the League One champions won’t be pushovers.
We spoke to Amos Wynn, who is a sports reporter for Wigan Today about what to expect from today’s opponents, who will prove a tough outfit.
What are the strengths of Wigan Athletic?
Judging off the first two Championship games, Leam Richardson’s side have been able to remain compact at the back.
A clean sheet against Preston was a solid start to the campaign, before their 1-1 draw with Norwich. At Carrow Road they needed to remain resilient, and worked hard for a well deserved point.
The key man for them season will be James McClean, who scored in that Norwich game. His experience at this level will be crucial in their attempts to stay up.
What are the weaknesses?
It’ll be interesting to see how Wigan go in attack as a whole this season.
They had quite a few striker firing last season in League One, but it’s all about if they can make the step up. A goalscorer is crucial in the Championship, so Latics will be hoping this won’t be a weakness for them.
What team news is there from Wigan?
Wigan have made a couple of new loan signings this week, starting with Everton forward Nathan Broadhead.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a good stint with Sunderland last season, and will be hoping to build on that. He could potentially make his debut in the Bristol game, but it’s not clear yet if he’ll be ready.
Meanwhile, Ashley Fletcher has also joined the club from Watford for the season, and could be another good source of goals. The Latics squad is currently quite light, so these are great moves.
And who do you think will cause Bristol City problems?
An attacker that could Bristol a bit of trouble is Callum Lang, who enjoyed an excellent pre-season.
He will create chances and can lead breaks, it’s just about if the move will result in a goal.