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Jan 22, 2022 at 3pm UK at DW Stadium
Wigan
3 - 2
Gillingham
Keane (8', 77'), Humphrys (21')
Darikwa (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Reeves (53'), O'Keefe (70')
McKenzie (31')

Preview: Wigan Athletic vs. Gillingham - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Wigan Athletic vs. Gillingham - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's League One clash between Wigan Athletic and Gillingham, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two teams with contrasting ambitions for the remainder of the season, Wigan Athletic will look to continue their push for promotion when relegation candidates Gillingham visit Lancashire on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts could find themselves top of the table by the end of play, should other results go their way, while the visitors remain in a relegation scrap.


Match preview

After their schedule was rocked by Covid cancellations, Wigan boast an astonishing four games in hand over their promotion rivals, while sitting just one point behind current leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

Should they win their games in hand, Wigan could open up an 11-point gap at the top of League One, with a return to Championship on the cards for the Latics.

After suffering relegation on the final day of the 2019-20 season, Wigan went on to finish one point above the drop zone last term, before finding their stride this time out.

Last losing a match in mid-October, Wigan currently boast a 16-game unbeaten streak as they target the division's top position.

Winners in each of their last five matches, the Latics have blown away sides of late, scoring 16 times during their latest winning streak.

No doubt wary of the firepower Wigan possess, Gillingham will visit the DW Stadium hoping to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

With only bottom-placed Doncaster Rovers below the Gills in the table, time is running out for them to extend their nine-season stay in League One.

Such poor form saw former boss Steve Evans get sacked at the beginning of January, with Gillingham targeting current Bromley boss Andy Woodman as his potential successor.

Whoever it is to come in at the Priestfield Stadium, their job will be to cut the gap between themselves and safety, which currently sits at a concerning nine points.

Wigan Athletic League One form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Wigan Athletic form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Gillingham League One form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L


Team News

Goals have been a problem for Gillingham this season, with Vadaine Oliver their current top scorer – the 30-year-old has five strikes to his name so far.

Oliver will partner Charlie Kelman at the top of the Gillingham attack, with midfielder Ben Reeves hoping to provide creativity from behind.

Looking to keep just their second clean sheet in 11 matches will be goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg, who should retain his position between the sticks.

Slightly more prolific in front of goal this season, Wigan's biggest attacking threat has been striker Will Keane, whose 12 strikes for the campaign have helped the Latics climb the table.

A trio of James McClean, Callum Lang and Gavin Massey will operate behind the striker, while Tom Naylor and Max Power will anchor the midfield.

Centre-back duo Kelland Watts and Jack Whatmough will be the pair tasked with keeping out a stuttering Gillingham attack.

Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Amos; Darikwa, Whatmough, Watts, Pearce; Power, Naylor; Massey, Lang, McClean; Keane

Gillingham possible starting lineup:
Dahlberg; Jackson, Ehmer, Tucker, McKenzie; Lee, O'Keefe, Dempsey; Reeves, Oliver, Kelman


We say: Wigan Athletic 3-0 Gillingham

Wigan may have the luxury of games in hand, but it is points on the board that will see the Latics return to the Championship.

A triumph over struggling Gillingham will represent another key step on their journey back to the second tier, and the home side are well placed to take all three points on Saturday.



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League One Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWigan AthleticWigan462711882443892
3MK Dons462611978443489
4Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds462413978502885
6Wycombe WanderersWycombe462314975512483
7Plymouth ArgylePlymouth4623111268482080
8Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4622101482592376
9Bolton WanderersBolton4621101574571773
10Portsmouth4620131368511773
11Ipswich TownIpswich4618161267462170
12Accrington StanleyAccrington461710196180-1961
13Charlton AthleticCharlton46178215559-459
14Cambridge UnitedCambridge461513185674-1858
15Cheltenham TownCheltenham461317166680-1456
16Burton Albion461411215167-1653
17Lincoln CityLincoln461410225563-852
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury461214204751-450
19Morecambe461012245788-3142
20Fleetwood TownFleetwood46816226282-2040
RGillingham46816223569-3440
RDoncaster RoversDoncaster46108283782-4538
RAFC Wimbledon46619214975-2637
RCrewe AlexandraCrewe4678313783-4629
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