BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic v Norwich City
Get in the mood for Norwich City’s lunchtime clash with Wigan Athletic with all the team news, statistics, videos and key quotes you need ahead of kick-off at the DW Stadium.
FROM THE DUGOUTS
Norwich – Daniel Farke
“We realised on Wednesday (drawing 2-2 with Reading at Carrow Road) how difficult it is to play against a side who has nothing to lose against the league leaders and is fighting with a knife between their teeth in order to get something out of this game.
“On Sunday we will face a side who is at home so the crowd will help them and they have a pretty decent home record and when you regard the quality of the players, also definitely a decent side.
“They were in a pretty good position for more or less 70 percent of the whole season. There was a bit of a dip in form in the recent weeks and months and for that they slipped a bit away in the table. But they have proved already that there is lots of potential and I’m pretty sure they will be really desperate to get something out of this game.
“We have to be prepared for another battle and another unbelievably difficult task, to be really respectful, especially in an away game at Wigan, but no task is easy and we are looking forward to the next challenge.”
Wigan – Paul Cook
“The fundamental observation from everyone is the fact you’ve moved up a league.
“We were capable of taking all before us last year, unfortunately we’ve now moved into deeper waters and within them deeper waters, there’s bigger fish – and those fish can eat you.
“At home, it is what it is, we’re looking forward to it, there’s going to be a big crowd at the DW, I’m sure it’ll be a good game for everybody to watch.
“For ourselves now it’s about who’s available, who’s fit and how can we get points that will see us achieve what we want.”
CITY TEAM NEWS
Daniel Farke reported no fresh injury concerns after the midweek draw against Reading, although suggested Marco Stiepermann was one of a few players nursing ‘minor bumps’ who is expected to be available.
The squad had a final training session today in Norfolk on Saturday before heading to the north-west. Fit-again duo Louis Thompson and Carlton Morris, as well as back-up full-backs Philip Heise and Felix Passlack played the full 90 minutes as City’s U23s lost 3-2 to Middlesbrough on Friday evening.
Star attacking midfielder Emi Buendia serves the second of his three-game suspension.
LATICS TEAM NEWS
Nick Powell is expected to be fit after a hamstring scare in midweek. Former City midfielder Anthony Pilkington, plus Gary Roberts and Callum McManaman are major injury doubts, and Michael Jacobs is expected to miss the rest of the season.
WIGAN MANAGER – PAUL COOK Won the League One title with Wigan last season, and now looking to keep them up this time around. Previously won the League Two title at Portsmouth. Varied playing career that included a brief stop at Norwich in his younger days, making six top-flight appearances in the late 1980s.
ONE TO WATCH – NICK POWELL
One time Manchester United midfielder notched his seventh of the campaign in the midweek 2-1 defeat at Hull. Key figure in the Latics’ promotion from League One last season.
Norwich (1st): DWWWW (drew 2-2 with Reading at home on Wednesday)
Wigan (21st): LDDWL (lost 2-1 at Hull on Wednesday)
PREVIOUS STARTING XIs
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Hanley, Klose, Leitner, Vrancic, Srbeny, Rhodes
Wigan (3-4-3): Walton; James, Dunkley, Fox; Byrne, Gibson, Morsy (C), Robinson; Garner, Powell, Windass. Subs: Evans (GK), Kipre, Olsson, Naismith, Evans, Massey, Clarke
• Wigan have picked up just seven away points but 34 from a possible 60 at home – winning nine of 20
• 37 – City’s division-high return of away goals
• 19 – goals conceded in 20 home games by Wigan
REFEREE – JAMES LINNINGTON (NEWPORT) Shown 109 yellow and three red cards in 31 appointments this season. Booked five in Norwich’s 2-2 home league draw against Sheffield United at Carrow Road in January.
Match odds • Wigan: 3/1
• Draw: 14/5
• Norwich: 5/6 (odds provided by SkyBet)
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