Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Highbury Stadium will host Saturday’s Carabao Cup match between Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic. Fleetwood chiefs have big ambitions for the upcoming League One season as they are eyeing promotion to the Championship, but they should give 100% in the cup competitions as well. Veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan, who has been left out of the Ireland Nations League squad, will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
The Latics, on the other hand, failed to secure the Championship survival last term following a 12-point deduction by FA. Wigan are eyeing a quick return to the English second tier, but seeing that several first-team regulars left the club in the summer transfer window, they are not seen as one of the main favourites to secure promotion. Anyhow, we believe that home win should be considered in this one.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
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).