Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Plough Lane when AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland face each other in the League One round 24. The Dons suffered yet another dip in form, with the team losing each of their previous three league fixtures. AFC Wimbledon could soon drop to the relegation zone, but we do not believe that they should be looking for points in the clash against the promotion-chasing Black Cats.
Sunderland are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to grab one point from the Hull City game. The Black Cats need to improve their game as soon as possible, and, no doubt, the match against AFC Wimbledon could be the turning point for the visitors. Experienced midfielder Aiden McGeady, who scored a beautiful header against the Tigers, will be one of the men to watch in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Tzanev):
Nikola Tzanev is a New Zealand goalkeeper who started his youth career at Crystal Palace. Tzanev then moved to Brentford and he continued wearing the red and white shirt at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Lewes, the 195-cm-tall shoot-stopper moved to AFC Wimbledon in 2017.
During the 2018/2019 campaign he played for Potters Bar Town as a loan player, but at the end of the season he returned to AFC Wimbledon. He made his League One debut with the Dons on August 3, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Rotherham United. Speaking of his international career, Nik Tzanev made his New Zealand debut in a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei on June 5, 2018.
The Dons goalkeeper has 3 caps for the New Zealand U20 team as well. Nikola Tzanev was born in Wellington on December 23, 1996 and his preferred foot is right.
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).