Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Keepmoat Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Doncaster Rovers and Wigan Athletic. The Donny are on a three-game losing run in the League One, but despite their poor form, they are still in the race for a place in the playoffs. Tyrece John-Jules remains on the sidelines with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Latics, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Gillingham and Portsmouth. Wigan are desperate to secure the League One survival, and we predict that they will take advantage of Doncaster’s anything but good form. Both Scott Wootton and Tom Pearce are sidelined with injuries, while Matthew Palmer is a major doubt for the visiting team. In the first half of the season the Latics defeated the Donny thanks to Joe Garner’s goal.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
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).