Friday 20 September 2019

Wigan could get physical

Wigan and Charlton last met in League One in the 2017-18 season, with the Latics winning 3-0 away and drawing 0-0 at home on their way to promotion. Charlton have won one of their five away league matches against Wigan (W1 D1 L3) - a 3-0 win in the Championship in February 2015.

Wigan Athletic have received more yellow cards than any other Championship side this season (20). When I watched the excerpts from last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Hull City on Quest, they seemed very ready to interrupt threatening attacks with fouls. But I have to admit that 19-year old Joe Gelhradt's strike on 75 minutes was superb.

Charlton have not lost consecutive league matches in 2019 so far, last doing so in their final two games of 2018 against Coventry and Barnsley. Wigan are winless in seven matches in all competitions (D2 L5) since winning their first league match of the season at home against Cardiff City.

Since the start of last season, Charlton have won 61 per cent (W31 D10 L10) of the games when Lyle Taylor has played, compared to just 23 per cent without him (W3 D5 L5).

Forecasting a 18th place finish for the Lactics (which is where they finished last season), Four Four Two noted their poor away form last season and their much better home form. The contributor to the fan file forecast 14th and noted there is nowhere decent near the ground to get a pint.

Wigan are currently third from bottom in the table and the form table (in which Charlton are 7th).

The CAS Trust Preview says that Wigan's problem has been scoring goals: The Dream Fixture? Wigan have scored six goals in seven games, conceding 13.

Happy 50th birthday to Stuart 'Sweaty' Balmer.

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