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Wigan: Five Things To Look Out For

9 February 2018

Five talking points discussed ahead of the visit of Wigan Athletic

Goal times…

13 of the 49 goals Blues have conceded this season have come after half time, between the 46th and 60th minute. It is the largest proportion throughout the 90 minutes, with the next highest being nine goals conceded between the 76th and 90th minute. However, their most fruitful spell in the game is during the 16th and 30th minute, so if Blues can get in front and score early then they give themselves a great chance against Wigan.

The league leaders themselves, though, finish games strongly, having scored 12 of their 55 goals in the final quarter of the match from the 76th minute onwards. In total, the Latics have only conceded 13 goals all season, which highlights why they’re at the top of the division.

Former Blues Return

Tomorrow’s visit of the league leaders not only brings with them a tough game, but also two former Blues players.

Highly-rated shot-stopper Christian Walton is one of those players. The 22-year-old joined Blues on an emergency loan deal towards the end of last season, due to injures to Mark Oxley and Ted Smith, and he played seven games keeping three clean sheets, including one on his debut against Oldham.

Noel Hunt is the other Latics man returning to Roots Hall tomorrow. The former striker joined Blues in the summer of 2015 and went on to make 22 appearances, scoring four goals in an injury-struck campaign.

A start for one of the new boys?

Chris Powell brought in three new players during deadline day, signing two on loan and one on a permanent deal.

Only Freddie Ladapo got on for their debut last weekend at Peterborough and Sam Mantom has been ruled out through injury for tomorrow.

Spurs youngster Shayon Harrison was on the bench last weekend but didn’t get on.

Powell didn’t want to change a winning formula at the ABAX Stadium, so will he continue with that method when the league-leaders come to town or could there be a starting debut for Harrison or Ladapo?

One thing’s for sure, John White’s injury means there will be one change to the starting XI.

Can Powell make history?

After last weekend’s victory over Peterborough, Chris Powell became the first Blues Manger since Barry Fry to win his opening two games in charge.

Tomorrow’s game could Chris Powell make history with Southend United.

If Chris Powell guides Blues to a win this weekend, it will make him the first ever Southend United Manager to win his three opening games in charge.

Head-To-Head

The two sides have met a total of 17 times, with the first competitive game recorded between both teams taking place at Roots Hall on 20th October 1980.

Blues won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Tony Hadley, and that season Southend completed the double over the Latics at Springfield Park with the same result, this time courtesy of a Steve McAdam own goal.

Heading into the weekend Blues have won five of their eight football league games at home to Wigan, but Paul Cook’s side have won six of the last nine clashes in total.


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