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Match Preview | Wigan Athletic

28 April 2022

As the 2021-22 Sky Bet League One campaign draws to a close, Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday for their final league game of the season as they welcome league leaders Wigan Athletic.

As the 2021-22 Sky Bet League One campaign draws to a close, Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday for their final league game of the season as they welcome league leaders Wigan Athletic.

Salop come into this one off the back of their 2-0 away defeat to Charlton Athletic last weekend and are looking for their first win since the 1-0 home win over Lincoln City at the end of the last month. Steve Cotterill’s side are currently 17th in the league table and depending on how results go on Saturday, could finish the season one place higher or one place lower.

Wigan come into this one on the joint second-worst run of form in the league and are also without a win in five league games and suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat away to Portsmouth on Tuesday night after being 2-0 up at one point in the game.

The title race is setting up to be a real encounter on Saturday with three teams still able to win the title. Wigan are currently first on 89 points with a goal difference of 35, Rotherham are in second with 87 points and a goal difference of 35 whilst Milton Keynes Dons are third and just outside the automatic promotion places with 86 points and a goal difference of 29.

All Wigan need to do is beat Salop and they are champions. However, if Salop draws with Wigan and Rotherham win, Rotherham will be champions on goal difference. Then if both Wigan and Rotherham lose and MK Dons win, they will gain automatic promotion and potentially the league depending on goal difference come to the end of all games.

Following a poor season last year when Wigan finished one place above the relegation zone, manager Leam Richardson has done a fantastic job at turning his side's fortunes around with them now looking almost certain to gain promotion back to the Championship.

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

One to Watch: Will Keane

Will Keane has been in sensational form this season in Wigan’s push for promotion. He’s the league’s top goalscorer with 24 goals, joined with Sunderland’s Ross Stewart. Keane also has seven assists showing how much of a well-rounded striker he is.

The former Manchester United player joined Wigan last season following spells with Hull City and Ipswich Town which unfortunately didn’t work out for him. But now at the age of 29, Keane has found himself at a club which has proven to be a good match for both parties and in his short time with the Latics, has found himself become a fan favourite.

Officials:

Referee: Stephen Martin

Assistant Referees: Andrew Dallison and Matthew Jones

Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

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