Date: 23rd November 2013 at 9:19am
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Traditionally not the best fixture for the Latics, the one following an international break, hopefully we can put that to bed this afternoon when Brighton are in town

One of the preseason favourites, the Seagulls had a slow start under new boss Oscar Garcia, but they have hit a run of form of late and are looking strong to push on, currently a place and point below us in the table, we can expect a tough game

Owen Coyle speaks about home form being the key to our promotion push, so far so good on that front, we need to keep the run going and make the DW Stadium a place that opposition teams fear to come

A bright but cold day, perfect for football, this should be a cracking game and I am looking forward to it already

What The Bosses Said:

Latics boss Owen Coyle:

‘We’ve had some really busy periods already this season, but we’re going into the most hectic of them all now with no international break between now until March.

‘We’ve got a period of three exciting home games in the space of a week, starting with a tough encounter against Brighton.

‘They have found some very good form of late and Oscar Garcia has assembled a very good footballing side which we are well aware of, but equally they will know our threats and we’ll be doing everything in our power to maintain our excellent home form and take the three points.

‘Wherever I’ve been as a manager, I’ve always prided myself and my team on having a strong home, a place which is very difficult for opposition teams to visit.

‘It’s crucial to achieving our goal of Premier League promotion this season, and so far we’ve made the DW a good home.

‘The fans have been tremendous and for me it’s important that we keep rewarding them for getting behind us by putting a smile on their face’

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

‘We started slowly, which is normal as we wanted to change some things, but we are improving now and we are on a good run. We will try to keep the momentum going.

‘The international break has its pros and cons; one of the pros is that we had some players coming back from injury and a con is that we were on a good run.

‘Wigan is a massive game. They have a strong squad, they are playing in the Championship and Europa League and they have enough potential, not only with their players but their budget, to have a good chance of promotion.

‘But we will go there to have a go, and our mentality must be to pick up the three points, and to play good, attacking football.’

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Scott Carson, Ali Al Habsi, Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney are all still on the treatment table, Ivan Ramis has returned to training but is still a way off being in contention

Nick Powell returned early from England under 21 duty with an injury and Ryan Shotton has been ill during the week, both are expected to make a full recovery in time for the game

Latics possible – Nicholls, Boyce, Barnett, Rogne, Perch, Watson, McArthur, Albrighton, McManaman, Powell, Fortune

Player to watch: Callum McManaman

His form is now picking up and Roy Hodgson’s comments about an England call up could just spur him on to what we saw at the end of last season

McManaman getting back to his best

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Brighton And Hove Albion Team News:

Leonardo Ulloa, Kazenga LuaLua, Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins are all out

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia has a few stars returning from injury, Will Buckley, Keith Andrews, Andrea Orlandi, Kemy Agustien, and available for selection today

Brighton from – Kuszczak, Bruno, Upson, Ward, Greer, Ince, Crofts, Caskey, El-Abd, Lopez, Bridcutt, Conway, Barnes, Lita, Ankergren, Calderon, March, Agustien, Andrews, Buckley

Player to watch: Andrew Crofts

Wales international midfield man with 4 Championship goals so far this season

Any Previous?

Latics and Brighton have met ten times

Latics 4 wins, Brighton 5, draws 1

Last Six Meetings

15 Mar 2005 – Championship – Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Latics 4
21 Aug 2004 – Championship – Latics 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 0
12 Jan 2002 – League Division 2 – Latics 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 0
18 Aug 2001 – League Division 2 – Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Latics 1
12 Apr 1997 – League Division 3 – Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Latics 0
05 Oct 1996 – League Division 3 – Latics 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Last time out:

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Latics 4

Goal scorers:
Brighton – Virgo 36, Hammond 83 mins Latics – Bullard 2, McCulloch 4, Teale 17, Roberts 34 mins


Brighton – Shaaban, Hinshelwood, Butters, Virgo, Harding, Oatway, Nicolas (Hammond 54), Reid (Watson 66), Hart, Knight, McCammon (McPhee 72)
Unused subs – Mayo, May

Latics – Filan, Eaden, Breckin, Wright, Baines, Bullard (Jarrett 84), Kavanagh, McCulloch, Teale, Ellington, Roberts
Unused subs – Walsh, Jackson, Graham, Johansson

Referee – Andy D’Urso

Attendance – 6,306

Ref Watch:

Iain Williamson (Reading)

Why not take a look at our ‘Meet The Ref’ article

Iain Williamson Card Watch 2013/14

Games – 10, yellows – 25, reds – 1

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1 draw

Heart says Latics to win 2-0, as always going with the heart

Up Next:

UEFA Europa League
Latics v SV Zulte Waregem
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Why not have a listen to the latest PWU Podcast, there is a preview of todays game, as well as lots more Latics discussion