Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Alexandra Stadium when Crewe and Wigan square off against each other in the League One showdown. The Railwaymen were not in action at the weekend as Omar Beckles was tested positive for coronavirus before the clash against Oxford United. Beckles is out of contention for the Wigan game, but Crewe are still seen as slim favourites to win Saturday’s football match.
The Latics, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Portsmouth and Doncaster. However, the club chiefs were forced to sell several first-team regulars in the summer, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the newcomers this time out. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time in the League One since 2016 when they played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Will Jaaskelainen ):
Will Jaaskelainen is a Finland international who plays for Crewe Alexandra as a goalkeeper. Jaaskelainen started his youth career at Bolton Wanderers, but he made his senior debut with his current club. The Finnish shot-stopper played for the likes of Loughborough Dynamo, Nantwich Town, Buxton, and Chester on loan as well before returning to Crewe Alexandra.
Will Jaaskelainen has one cap for the Finland U19 national team, with the talented goalkeeper making his Finland U21 team debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine on September 6, 2019. Speaking of his League Two debut, Jaaskelainen played his first match for the Railwaymen on April 19, 2019, in a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town.
The Crewe Alexandra shot-stopper wears the number 1 jersey, and his preferred foot is right. Born on July 25, 1998, in Bolton, Will Jaaskelainen is the son of former Bolton Wanderers and Finland goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
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).