Championship | Wigan Athletic-Derby County
Kick Off: 15:00 Hrs
Venue: DW Stadium
Sat 3rd Dec 2016
Wigan Athletic vs Derby County Match Prediction
Wigan Athletic host Derby County at the DW Stadium on 03/12/16 as both teams look to build on positive results in recent games. Our SBAT preview will bring you a form guide, team news and a betting preview.
Wigan will be looking to claim another scalp against a side in playoff talk this weekend after Warren Joyce earned his first win as Latics boss last time out, beating Huddersfield Town 2-1 away from home. Reece Burke gave Wigan the advantage five minutes before half-time, although on-loan midfielder Aaron Mooy equalised for Huddersfield five minutes after the break. However, with the Terriers seemingly in the ascendency, forward Yannick Wildschut - who also claimed the assist on Burke’s opener - netted what turned out to be the game’s winning goal, with his side now just a point away from escaping the bottom three. With four points in their last two matches, Joyce appears to have garnered a response from his new side in the early stages of his reign, with fresh ideas perhaps giving the necessary impetus to get an extra 10% out of each player in the team. Now returning back home, they will be looking to end a run of three games without a win at the DW Stadium, during which they have failed to score a single goal. Goals have been particularly hard to come by for Wigan at home since returning to the Championship, failing to score in five of their last six home league encounters.
Derby County’s resurgence under Steve McClaren continued last weekend, extending their winning streak to four consecutive matches after a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Pride Park. Former Canaries midfielder Bradley Johnson haunted his old side by scoring the game’s only goal to further compound Alex Neil’s misery at Carrow Road - a sweet moment for Johnson, whom Neil sold to Derby after gaining promotion in 2015. There has been a real tightening of the ship defensively since McClaren’s return, with the Rams keeping three clean sheets in their four successive wins, with goals also continuing to flow. Since returning on October 12, McClaren has won five, drawn one and lost one of his seven games in charge, putting behind him last season’s disastrous spell at Newcastle United by returning to a club which appears to be best-fitted for him to do well. Talk of promotion under Nigel Pearson was unheard of at the club, who are now only three points off the playoffs following their recent run of victories. Under Pearson, Derby played within themselves, their flair players struggled to create chances and express themselves coherently on the pitch, which would leave the defence severely exposed and under pressure to keep out the opposition just to earn a point.
Wigan Team News
Adam Bogdan (cruciate ligament) is set to miss the rest of the season through injury, while Reece James and Alex Gilbey are both out with ankle problems. Donervon Daniels and Andy Kellett (both knee) could return.
Derby Team News
Cyrus Christie (foot) and Nick Blackman (knee) remain sidelined through injury. George Thorne (broken leg) and Craig Forsyth (cruciate ligament) have both stepped up their rehabilitation for their long-term injuries but aren’t ready to return. Darren Bent (hamstring) is a doubt.
Betting Tips and Predictions
Although Wigan earned a huge win on Monday night, Derby have been excellent since Steve McClaren returned and I’m expecting them to continue their current vein of form here.