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PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC (H)

16 June 2020

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Everything you need to know ahead of Town vs Wigan Athletic

- Preview ahead of Town vs Wigan Athletic
- All the info on Paul Cook’s side
- Watch the game live on iFollow HTAFC

The 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship returns on Saturday, with Town's first match back in action coming on home soil against Wigan Athletic.

It'l be a first game for the Terriers since the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United at Elland Road, over three months' ago, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Cook’s side travel to the John Smith’s Stadium off the back of a deadlocked game against Luton Town at the DW Stadium.

In the reverse fixture in December 2019, Town claimed a valuable away point at the DW after Karlan Grant’s 70th minute strike annulled Josh Windass’ first half opener.

THE OPPOSITION

Most of Wigan’s season has been a display of their home strength, with the recording the majority of their current 41 points at the DW.

However, the Latics will come into the game hoping the break hasn't curtailed their momentum, having claimed 13 out of a possible 21 points away from home since the start of the New Year.

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Paul Cook’s side will also be looking to extend their current unbeaten run to seven games, with their last defeat coming against Preston North End at the beginning of February.

This recent vein of form has seen them move out the relegation zone as they currently sit 20th – a point behind the Terriers.

ONES TO WATCH

Jamal Lowe

The 25-year-old first met Cook in 2017, when the Portsmouth Manager (at the time) signed him from Hampton & Richmond Borough. The duo were reunited at Wigan Athletic when the forward signed a three-year contract ahead of the 2019/2020 season. He’s become a mainstay of Cook’s starting XI this season with 31 starts to his name.

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Anthony Pilkington

Former Terrier Pilkington joined Wigan from Cardiff City in January 2019. The Republic of Ireland international is an experienced forward, who now plays as a midfielder, and has scored two goals so far for the Latics. During his two years at Town, he bagged 19 goals in just under 100 appearances for the Club.

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Sam Morsy

Egyptian international Sam Morsy has been at Wigan since 2016 and became Club Captain just over a year later in 2017. He made his place in Wigan’s First Team after playing a key role in helping them win the 2017/18 Sky Bet League 1 title and immediate promotion. So far this season he’s made 34 starts, netted three goals and bagged two assists.

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TEAM NEWS - TOWN

Tommy Elphick is still on the road to recovery from his long-term knee problem.

KIT

The Terriers will be wearing their blue and white home kit for Saturday’s game – CLICK HERE to buy yours!

iFollow HTAFC

The game will be available to watch live, in full, on iFollow HTAFC.

2019/20 Season Card holders who have not taken a refund or e-credit will receive a code that will grant them free access to the game. Click HERE for more info on how that will work.

Supporters who are not Season Card holders can buy a match pass to watch the game for £10 - click HERE for more info! 

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