Our prediction for this Championship match:
Preston and Wigan Athletic face each other at Deepdale Stadium in the opening match of day 9 of the new Championship campaign. The Lilywhites recorded a routine 3-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, but they produced a poor display in a heavy 5-0 loss to Brentford at the weekend. Preston sit in the danger zone ahead of the visit of Wigan Athletic and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their third win of the season. The Latics played out a goalless draw with Fulham at the weekend, with the team extending their winless run in the Championship to six games. Wigan are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Preston and, no doubt, the visitors will be more than happy with one point from the match. Both sides failed to score at the weekend and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair in Friday’s football game.
Highlighted Player (Chris Humphrey):
Chris Humphrey was born in Saint Catherine, Jamaica on 19 September, 1987. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a wing back as well, began his senior career at Shrewsbury Town and he made 74 league appearances for the club between 2006 and 2009.
The Jamaica international played four games for Stafford Rangers during his loan spell at Marston Road and in July, 2009 he signed a deal with Scottish Premier League team Motherwell. He made his Motherwell debut on 23 July, 2009 as he started in the Europa League qualifier against Flamurtari Vlore. After making 132 league appearances for the Scottish outfit, he joined Preston North End in June, 2013 and he extended his contract with the Championship team in June, 2015.
Humphrey was linked with selection for the Scotland national team, but he decided to play for Jamaica. He made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012 in a 1-0 loss to Panama.
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).