Our match prediction:
Bristol City and Wigan Athletic face each other at Ashton Gate Stadium at the start of the new season. Bristol City finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in 18th place in the standings and they want to record a much better result this season. The Latics, on the other hand, did remarkably well to return to the Championship and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the opening match of the season. Footballers who played for Wigan in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign are no longer part of the team, but coach Gary Caldwell can count on a number of young and talented players nowadays. Bristol City played out a goalless draw with Portsmouth in their final warm-up game and given that they are on a four-game unbeaten run at the moment, we predict that the hosts are going to grab at least one point from Saturday’s football game.
Highligted Player (Korey Smith):
After spending his youth career at Norwich City, Korey Smith made his first-team debut for the Canaries in January 2008 in the FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic. Smith played 67 league games for Norwich City and he scored 4 goals for the club, but in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Oldham Athletic. The midfielder who was born on 31 January, 1991, scored one goal in 42 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 campaign and on 27 June, 2014, he joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. It has to be noted that he won Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Robins in his first season with the team. Korey Smith was born in Hatfield, England and he has two younger sisters, Alice and Harriet. Smith is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of operating as central midfielder and right back as well. The Bristol City footballer also represented the likes of Barnsley and Yeovil Town (on loan) in the past.
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).