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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Preview: Wigan Athletic

The Latics complete our look at next season's opponents

19 June 2019

Wigan Athletic 2018/19

League Position: 18th (17/18 1st in League One - Promoted)

Average league attendance: 11,663 (17/18 9,151)

Top league goal-scorer: Will Grigg (19)

Wigan Athletic will be looking forward to a second season back in the Sky Bet Championship after a solid, if not always comfortable, campaign last term. 

Under Paul Cook, The Latics' were never in the relegation places and even entertained hopes of back-to-back promotion challenges after winning five of their first nine games up to October. That was the high-point however, as a shocking run of just three wins in 25 left Cook's side three points above the drop zone in Mid-March.

Just as it looked like Wigan's stay in the second tier might be over at the first attempt, The Latics rallied to win four of their last nine to finish the season 12 points above the drop zone. 

Cook's men, like many others in the division, were a different side away from home, picking up a joint league low 11 points on the road. On the other hand, they won as many points at home as Aston Villa with only Derby County losing less games on home soil.  

THE GROUND

DW Stadium

Miles from Brentford: 208

Capacity: 25,138

Address: Loire Dr, Wigan, WN5 0UH

Guide to The DW

THE MANAGER

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

Cook featured as a central midfielder during a playing career that spanned 23 years, notably in the Premier League for Coventry City. He also played in the Football League for Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Burnley, ending his career with nearly 650 league appearances. 

THE KEY MAN

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Sam Morsy 2018/19: 40 appearances, 1 goal

Sam Morsy continues to provide an effective foil for Wigan's more attack minded midfielders, making the sixth most tackles (112) in the division last term. That style did come at a cost as the 27-year-old picked up 14 yellow cards and one red, which was later rescinded. However, a new two-and-a-half year deal midway through the season shows how highly he is viewed in Lancashire as Wigan look to cement their second tier status. 

LAST TIME

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 8

Draws: 10

Wigan wins: 19

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