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Match preview: Wigan Athletic (A)

24 February 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 25 February (kick-off 3pm).

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to get back to winning ways after a third defeat on the spin against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday. The 2-1 reverse at The City Ground followed on from away defeats to Norwich and Fulham, and Gary Brazil will be hoping to improve on The Reds' away form this season. With just two wins on the road in 2016/17, a third success on Saturday against Wigan would be timely to move Forest further away from the relegation zone.

Wigan have found life tough since returning to the Championship this season and sit in 22nd place in the table. One win in the last seven games has meant they have remained in the drop zone and Warren Joyce will be hoping his side can find some form at home if they are to stand a chance of survival.

Fitness tests will be carried out on Jack Hobbs, Matt Mills and Michael Mancienne to see if they are fit enough to return to the side following injury. Armand Traore and Chris Cohen both featured for the Under 23s on Monday after long-term injuries but Saturday is likely to be too early for them to make their first-team returns.

Wigan have Shaun Macdonald and Michael Jacobs as doubts after the pair missed Tuesday's defeat to QPR, while Matt Gilks is set to continue in goal in place of the injured Jakob Haugaard. Striker Mikael Mandron and winger Gabriel Obertan will be pushing for their first starts for The Latics. 

Nottingham Forest

Leeds (A) - Lost 2-0
Rotherham (H) - Won 2-0
Aston Villa (H) - Won 2-1
Norwich (A) - Lost 5-1
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-2
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-1

Wigan Athletic

Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 1-0
Norwich (H) - Drew 2-2
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-2
Wolves (A) - Won 1-0
Preston (H) - Drew 0-0
QPR (A) - Lost 2-1

Omar Bogle

Striker Omar Bogle made the step up to join Wigan Athletic from Grimsby Town in January. The 24-year-old impressed during the first half of the season, scoring 19 goals for The Mariners which prompted Wigan to fork out for the frontman. 

He has since adjusted well to life in the Championship, scoring twice against Norwich to salvage a point for Wigan, and The Latics will be hoping he can fire them to safety to prevent an immediate return to League One.

Speaking after the defeat against QPR on Tuesday night, Wigan manager Warren Joyce said: “Every game is a cup final and that’s the way we have got to approach it; we have put little runs together with wins and draws but not built on it and enjoyed a good run for a more sustained period.

“It’s a long journey back now, and we have to make sure we look after the players tomorrow because it’s been a busy period of games and then we’ll prepare for the next cup final against Forest on Saturday. It’s disappointing, we dust ourselves down and go again, there were a lot of good aspects of the performance and that’s what’s so frustrating.”

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £22
Seniors - £20
Under 18s - £10
Under 11s - £5
Under 5s - £2

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Wigan Athletic - 23/20
Nottingham Forest - 13/5
Draw - 11/5

To score first:

Omar Bogle - 9/2
Will Grigg - 5/1
Britt Assombalonga - 5/1
Ross McCormack - 7/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Burton v Blackburn (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Wolves v Birmingham (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Derby
Barnsley v Huddersfield
Brentford v Rotherham
Cardiff v Fulham
Newcastle v Bristol City
Preston v QPR
Brighton v Reading (kick-off 5.30pm)

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