Our match prediction:
Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Brighton and Brentford, Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back on course with a victory over Wigan Athletic on day 4 of the new Championship campaign. It is more than obvious that the Reds struggle on the travels, but they are regarded as favourites on paper to win Saturday’s match against Wigan Athletic. The Latics have been having their ups and downs of late. The team suffered a 2-1 loss to Bristol City in their opener and following a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, they shared the spoils with Birmingham City in midweek. Wigan are tough to beat at the DW Stadium, but they struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that Wigan defender Jake Buxton misses the Nottingham Forest game through suspension.
Highligted Player (Henri Lansbury):
Henri Lansbury began his youth career at Norwich City, but he soon moved to Arsenal. Lansbury made his first-team debut for the Gunners on 31 October, 2007 in the League Cup win over Sheffield United. It has to be noted that he came from the bench and replaced Theo Walcott. After spending three years on loan at Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United, the 183-cm-tall midfielder signed a four-year deal with Nottingham Forest on 28 August, 2012. He has established himself as a first-team regular and he made 128 league appearances for the Reds before the start of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign. Henri Lansbury has 21 caps for England U21 team and he used to play for England U16, U17 and U19 teams in the past as well. In September 2011, he produced his best performance for the U21 team in a thrilling 6-0 win over Azerbaijan. Lansbury scored a brace against Azerbaijan and provided two assists for his teammates back then.
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).