Our prediction for this Championship match:
Cardiff City made a slow start to the season, but they have been producing fine showings in the Championship of late. The Bluebirds are on a three-game unbeaten run in the league and they head into Saturday’s football match against Wigan Athletic following a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest. The South Wales outfit have been climbing the standings week by week, but they are just three points clear of the relegation zone at the moment. Wigan Athletic, on the other hand, failed to record a win in previous four league fixtures and you should have in mind that they scored only one goal in those encounters. Wigan Athletic have yet to record a win on the road this season and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Experienced attacker Ricky Lambert, who has netted two goals this season, is widely expected to lead the line for the Bluebirds against Wigan.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Ecuele Manga):
Bruno Ecuele Manga is a defender who plays for Cardiff City and the Gabonese national football team. The player who was born on 16 July, 1988, began his senior career at FC 105 Libreville. In 2006 he signed a contract with Bordeaux B, making 40 appearances for the French outfit, but he did not play for the senior team.
Manga played for the likes of Rodez, Angers and Lorient in France as well before joining Cardiff City on 1 September, 2014. The Gabonese defender signed a €5 million deal with the Championship side. On 1 November, 2014 Manga scored his first goal for the Bluebirds, finding the net in a 3-1 victory over Leeds United.
Bruno Ecuele represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but les Pantheres were eliminated in the group stages of the tournament. Speaking of his individual honours, Manga was named Cardiff City Player of the Year for the 2014/2015 season.
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).