Our prediction for this Championship match:
After dropping a two-goal advantage in the FA Cup draw with Leeds United, Cardiff City will look to return to winning ways in the Championship when they face Wigan Athletic on Matchday 27. The Bluebirds are on a seven-game winless run in the league, and you should bear in mind that they failed to find the net in the last three Championship matches. Joel Bagan is banned for Saturday’s clash following his sending off at the weekend, while there are no fresh injury concerns in the home side.
The Latics, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Luton in the FA Cup. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Wigan conceded 12 goals in total in the last three league fixtures. Important attacker Will Keane is widely expected to return to the starting XI after he was rested in the FA Cup draw, whereas all Charlie Hughes, Jason Kerr, and Tom Pearce miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Callum Robinson):
Born in Northampton, Callum Robinson started his career at Aston Villa. Having gone through the youth ranks with the Villans, Robinson was given his first-team debut in 2013. As a product of the Aston Villa academy, Robinson unfortunately never got a chance to prove his worth at the club and ended up playing no less than 4 league appearances during his three-year stay at Villa Park.
Various loan spells – at Preston North End on two occasions and Bristol City – brought mixed fortunes for the striker up until 2016 when he sealed a permanent move with the Lillywhites. Robinson represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 levels but raised plenty of eyebrows when he declared for the Republic of Ireland in March 2018 through his late grandmother who was from Monaghan.
The striker made his senior team breakthrough in Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial match and will be hoping to prove doubters wrong and prove his motive is bigger than career opportunism.
Highlighted Team (Wigan):
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).