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Match preview: Wigan Athletic

8 December 2021

Take a look at all the latest stats and facts ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One away fixture with Wigan Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town return to Sky Bet League One action on this evening with a tough trip away to highflyers Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Spirits are high in Shropshire following Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle United in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup. Salop will now travel to Premier League giants Liverpool next month. Wigan also progressed into the third round with a 2-1 away win over League Two side Colchester United. They will now host Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the next round.

Salop have hit a little bit of good form as of late and are unbeaten in their past three games in all competitions whilst only losing three games in their past 10, they now face a tougher test though against a Wigan side who could go top of the league with a win on Wednesday.

Wigan are currently sat second in the league table on 38 points, level alongside Rotherham United in first and Wycombe Wanderers in third. Wigan however have played two games less than Wycombe and one game less than Rotherham.

This isn’t the first time these two have met this season after the two sides met at the DW Stadium last month in the EFL Trophy last month. Wigan came out on top with a 2-0 win over Salop knocking Shrewsbury out of the competition.

Name: Wigan Athletic

Founded: 1932 (89 years ago)

Chairman: Talal Al Hammad

Biggest Win: 8-0 vs Hull City, Championship, August 2020

Biggest Defeat: 1-9 vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, November 2009

Highest League Position: 10th, Premier League, 2005-06

Player to Watch: Will Keane

A product of the Manchester United academy and a former England youth international, Will Keane re-joined the Latics from Ipswich Town in October 2020 after spending a short spell on loan with Wigan back in 2013. Keane was only originally brought in on a short-term contract as the club tried to rebuild following administration, but after several impressive displays, the club offered the 28-year-old a longer contract.

He’s currently the club's second top scorer in all competitions with nine goals in 21 appearances as well as having five assists. He’s arguably one of Wigan's more threatening players and with him entering the prime of his career, he will want to add to his goal tally under the lights at the DW Stadium on Wednesday.

Officials:

Referee: David Rock

Assistant Referees: Billy Smallwood and Joe Clark

Fourth Official: Alan Clayton

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