Our prediction for this Championship match:
Saturday’s football game at DW Stadium pits together Wigan Athletic and Norwich City, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. The Latics have been showing signs of improvement of late, but they need to start winning on a regular basis if they are to secure Championship survival. Will Keane is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while both Kerr and Rekik continue to miss out with injuries.
The Canaries, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Hull City, and they managed to get one, with the team moving closer to the playoffs berth. Norwich City are more of a team than Wigan Athletic, and seeing that the Canaries are undefeated in the previous five meetings with the Latics, away win should be considered. Teemu Pukki returns to the starting XI after he was rested in the midweek triumph, while loanee Marquinhos remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Max Aarons):
London Born Max Aarons is an English professional footballer who has represented England at the under-19 and under-21 level. At the club level, the right-back who was born on the 4th of January, 2000, started his youth career with Luton Town in 2009.
After seven years of development, he left Luton to join Norwich City in 2016 and broke into their first-team set up two years later. He made his professional debut for the Canaries on the 2nd of September, 2018, featuring in their 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town. He has since made a total of 50 appearances and is currently on a contract with the club that expires in 2024.
His performance in the 18/19 season is what earned the 19-year-old a call-up to the England Under-21 setup, making his debut for the same in an Under-21 European Qualifier against Turkey U21 on the 6th of September, 2019.
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).