Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Plough Lane pits together AFC Wimbledon and Wigan Athletic. The Dons did well to beat Lincoln on Tuesday evening, with the team putting an end to their five-game winless run, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to move closer to the playoffs berth. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be talented attacker Aaron Pressley, who scored the winner in the midweek triumph.
The Latics, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to MK Dons. Wigan Athletic are likely to rely on their rock solid defence in Saturday’s clash, and seeing that under 2.5 goals have been netted in two of AFC Wimbledon’s last three league fixtures, we are unlikely to see goals galore at Plough Lane. The Dons back-line should have Charlie Wyke at bay.
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).