Our prediction for this Championship match:
Barnsley made a flying start to the season, but the team have been dropping down the standings ever since they suffered a 2-1 loss to Reading on 17 September. The Tykes recorded only one win in previous nine league fixtures and they head into Saturday’s football match against Wigan Athletic. Barnsley aim to regain their spot in top ten, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Latics suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Reading at home on Matchday 16 and, as a result, they failed to escape the relegation zone. Wigan Athletic, though, are on a three-game unbeaten run on the road in the Championship and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Barnsley. When the two teams met at Oakwell Stadium in the League One last season Wigan emerged triumphant and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Saturday’s game.
Highlighted Player (Adam Davies):
Adam Davies is a German-born footballer who plays for Championship side Barnsley as a goalkeeper. The 185-cm-tall shoot-stopper began his youth career at Everton and in 2012 he signed a contract with Sheffield Wednesday. However, he never managed to make a first-team appearance for the Owls. Due to the lack of first team action, he decided to leave the club in 2014. Adam Davies, who was born in Rinteln, Germany on 17 July, 1992, moved to Barnsley on 13 June, 2014. He made his debut for the club against Crawley Town in the opening match of the 2014/2015 campaign and he quickly established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper. His contract with Barnsley expires on 30 June, 2017, but the deal could be extended for a further year. Adam Davies conceded 82 goals, while keeping 26 clean sheets in 74 appearances for Barnsley in all competitions. During his spell at Everton U23 he managed to keep eight clean sheets in 22 appearances for the club.
Highlighted Team (Wigan Athletic):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season. Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well. The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).