Our prediction for this Championship match:
Saturday’s football game at DW Stadium pits together Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City, the two bottom-table sides. The Latics are stuck at the bottom with only 31 points on their account, but this game could be the turning point for the home side. Both Martin Kelly and Jason Kerr continue to miss out with injuries, while Omar Rekik is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
The Blues, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing run in the English second tier. Birmingham City have been slipping down the standings week by week, and given the importance of Saturday’s clash for the relegation-threatened hosts, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Shaun Maloney’s troops. As for the away team, Dion Sanderson, Troy Deeney, Krystian Bielik, Reda Khadra, Josh Williams, Jobe Bellingham, Tate Campbell, and Przemyslaw Placheta remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
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).