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Preview | Wigan Athletic v Gillingham

Gills take to the road for the first time this season to take on Wigan.

18 September 2020

Steve Evans takes his Gills team to the DW Stadium this weekend to take on Wigan.

Wigan Athletic v Gillingham

Sky Bet League One

DW Stadium

Saturday September 19

Kick-Off, 3pm


Team News:

The Gills will be without midfielder Stuart O’Keefe for the rest of the season after he broke his leg against Coventry in midweek. Captain Kyle Dempsey will be out for another six weeks after twisting his ankle, and Scott Robertson will have to be assessed after picking up a small knock.

New signing Josh Eccles will be available having joined from Coventry on loan earlier in the week.

Wigan will be hopeful that Tom James can start on Saturday having signed on-loan from Hibernian. Wigan will be without midfielder Michael Jacobs after he signed for Portsmouth on Monday.

Gavin Massey, Josh Clarke and Danny Fox may all feature having missed last Sunday’s game against Ipswich.


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - "I watched Wigan last week and they were very impressive. We will go there and try to get a positive result.

"We have to focus on ourselves; we will fight and I will be proud to take this side to Wigan."

John Sheridan - “It is difficult for everyone but we can’t keep talking [about the situation], I want to talk about the football and how we are going to win games and get better.

“I have to try and stay focused and do my job and that is to try and get a winning team together.

“We have to try and get a good blend of players out on the pitch to be competitive because I definitely think we can have a successful season in this league.”


Previous Meetings:

03/02/2018 - Wigan Athletic 2-0 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

17/10/2017 - Gillingham 1-1 Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One

07/01/2016 - Wigan Athletic 3-2 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

22/08/2015 - Gillingham 2-0 Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One

26/02/2005 - Gillingham 2-1 Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One


The sides last met at the DW Stadium in 2018 when first half goals from Will Grigg and Nick Powell secured all three points for Wigan on their way to the League One title.

The Gills last beat Wigan in August 2015 thanks to a Bradley Dack brace at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The Latics lead the head-to-head with 15 wins to 14, and there have been seven draws between the two teams.



Wigan Athletic win - 13/8

Draw - 12/5

Gillingham win - 29/20

Special Bet: Jordan Graham to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0 - 45/1.


Match Officials:

Referee: Tom Nield

Assistant: Gareth Mellor and Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Paul Stonier



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