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Match Preview: Brentford vs Wigan Athletic

All the info ahead of tomorrow's game at Griffin Park

14 September 2018

We return to action following the international break with Wigan Athletic the visitors to TW8 on Saturday. Ahead of the game, all the big match info can be found below.

THE OPPOSITION

Wigan Athletic have adapted well to life back in the Sky Bet Championship after cruising to promotion in May. The Latics have won two of their last three in the league and currently sit in 10th, just a point outside the Play-Off places. 

Paul Cook has kept faith with the majority of the squad which secured a return to the second tier in May. Among those new faces who have arrived are Motherwell centre-back Cedric Kipre, Ipswich Town's Joe Garner, and young striker Josh Windass. 

The Latics sole points on the road this season came courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the Bet 365 Stadium. Other than that their away record reads played three, lost three, the most recent of those defeats coming at Loftus Road late last month. 

TEAM NEWS

Neal Maupay returns to contention after serving his three-match ban leaving Dean Smith with an almost full squad to choose from. Long-term absentee Rico Henry stepped up his rehabilitation with a return to light training on Monday while Moses Odubajo came through 75 minutes for Brentford B on Wednesday. 

For The Latics, the international break might haven given Darron Gibson time to return to full fitness but Dan Burn and Gavin Massey will definitely miss out with foot and hamstring injuries. Michael Jacobs, Sam Morsy, and Joe Garner have all overcome minor complaints to be fit for the weekend's encounter. 

THE MANAGER

Paul Cook led The Latics back to the Championship at the first time of asking, exactly a year after he lead Portsmouth to the League Two title. Before that, Cook was at the reins of Chesterfield when he also got them out of the fourth tier.

A man with a track record for building winning teams, Cook made nearly 650 league appearances during a 22-year playing career which included two spells with The Latics and stints at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City, and Burnley. 

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

We Meet Again: A Play-Off place is assured as we beat The Latics back in May 2015

Hot Off The Press: Wigan Observer's Paul Kendrick with the lowdown on The Latics

Family Visit: Plan your day with our new family website

Ref Watch: Darren England will be the man in the middle on Saturday

Dean's briefing: The Bees' Head Coach looks ahead to tomorrow's game

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 7

Draws: 9

Wigan wins: 18

Last competitive meeting

Wigan Athletic 2 Brentford 1 - Sky Bet Championship, 21 January 2017

Brentford: Bentley; Colin, Egan (Hofmann), Bjelland, Dean, Field; Clarke; Yennaris, McEachran (Jota), Woods; Sawyers (Clarke); Vibe

A pair of first-half goals wins it for The Latics despite Jota's late strike in the North West. 

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

Tomorrow's game against Wigan Athletic is a Family Day at Griffin Park with tickets priced at just £20 adults, £15 seniors, £5 young persons, and just £1 for Under-18s. 

The match is on General Sale so join us by clicking here

Due to a planned RMT Union strike, there will be a reduced train service tomorrow on South West Trains. Plan your journey here

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for live match commentary from Griffin Park on Saturday. He is joined by Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble to talk through the highlights and take you to full-time on iFollow Brentford. 

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download. 


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