Wigan Athletic vs Sunderland Match Analysis & Prediction
29/12/2022 10:45 pm
Wigan Athletic will be looking to claim their first win under new manager Kolo Toure when they host Sunderland in the Championship at the DW Stadium on Thursday.
While the Black Cats had a successful Boxing Day after beating Blackburn Rovers, Wigan are continuing to struggle at the foot of the second tier despite a change in management.
After a brave performance and subsequent point in Toure’s first game in charge against Millwall, Wigan supporters were looking forward to a new era at the club and targeting an ascent up the Championship standings.
However, the Latis have suffered successive defeats to Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, with the former Liverpool defender witnessing the enormity of the task he has taken on in Lancashire.
Wigan have now won just once in their last 11 league matches, a run that has seen them fall into the relegation zone, with an immediate return to League One after last season’s title win seeming a distinct possiblity.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have already played four Championship matches in December, as they aim to secure back-to-back promotions after they ended a four-year tussle with League One last season.
On Boxing Day, they fought back from 1-0 down to take maximum points against Blackburn Rovers, with Ellis Simms providing a 91st-minute winner off the bench at the Stadium of Light.
Over 40,000 home fans erupted when Simms managed to toe his strike past Thomas Kaminski into the Rovers’ net, with those of a Sunderland persuation now dreaming of a top-six finish in their first season back at this level.
Wigan Athletic vs. Sunderland Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 25 occasions across all competitions, where Wigan have claimed nine victories while Sunderland have won 10, and they have drawn in six. Sunderland have scored 32 goals and conceded 28 in the process.
13/04/2021Wigan Athletic2Sunderland1League One
07/08/2021Sunderland2Wigan Athletic1League One
21/09/2021Wigan Athletic0Sunderland2EFL Cup
26/02/2022Wigan Athletic0Sunderland3League One
Wigan Athletic Team News
Charlie Hughes impressed during his Championship debut and should regain his place in the Wigan XI alongside Curtis Tilt in central defence.
Jason Kerr is a backline option currently unavailable for the hosts and he is not expected to feature again this season following a serious ligament injury sustained in November.
Wigan Athletic's Last 5 Matches
08/11/2022Coventry City2Wigan Athletic0Championship
19/12/2022Wigan Athletic1Sheffield United2Championship
Sunderland Team News
Sunderland will be unable to call upon Lynden Gooch, Aji Alese and Dennis Cirkin for at least the next two Championship matches.
Tony Mowbray’s options are depleting firther as 2023 appraoches, with defender Danny Batth also set to miss the trip to Wigan, although the player is not far away from a return.
Sunderland's Last 5 Matches
25/11/2022Al Shabab0Sunderland1Club Friendlies
12/12/2022Sunderland1West Bromwich Albion2Championship
Wigan Athletic vs. Sunderland: Odds and Predictions
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