Our prediction for this match:
It has been five years since Wigan Athletic and Burnley last met in a competitive match. Back then the Burnley recorded a 2-0 win over Wigan in the Championship game, meaning that the Latics will be looking to get their revenge on the Clarets when the two sides take on each other at the DW Stadium in a pre-season friendly this weekend. Paul Cook’s troops have been struggling to find their best form in recent warm-up games, which is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered.
Following back-to-back wins over Fulham and Port Vale, Burnley suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Crewe Alexandra at the weekend. The Premier League side now aim to take advantage of the fact that the Latics can’s find their form and we predict that Chris Wood and Co. are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Callum McManaman):
A Merseyside-born winger, Callum McManaman made his first football steps over at Goodison before getting released by Everton in 2007. As a youth player he moved on to join Wigan Athletic where he was handed his professional debut in 2009.
McManaman made an instant impression at his club earning a man of the Match title in the FA Cup final against Manchester City in 2013. Having led his club to their first-ever FA Cup title, McManaman went on to amass 109 appearances for Wigan across all competitions and score 17 goals.
A two-year stint at West Bromwich Albion turned into a proper disappointment for Callum McManaman who also went on to represent Sheffield Wednesday in a brief loan spell and played the total of 24 matches for Sunderland in the 2017/18 season. Wigan Athletic re-signed the winger in the summer of 2018 hoping to latch on a special connection the player has with the club and the fans.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.