AFC Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic have been close friends over the last couple of years. First they meet in the third round of the FA Cup in 2012, while 2013 saw the two teams meet in a League match for the first time since the 2001/02 season.
Division Two was the home for both teams back then with the Cherries taking four points from six. A 2-0 victory for the Cherries with goals in each half from James Hayter and Wade Elliott. The return fixture was a goalless affair. The Cherries finished 21st and were relegated, the Latics finished mid-table in 10th.
Today’s meeting will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in two seasons. In that time the Latics have had three managers, Roberto Martinez (2009-13), Owen Coyle (2013) and current ex-Brentford manager Uwe Rosler
LAST TIME OUT
After winning the FA Cup the Latics were relegated from the Premier League as the Cherries were promoted from League One. We all remember the last match, a goal from Grabban, a missed penalty, a red card and a miserable Mr Coyle. Happy days
FA CUP – ROUND 3 – 2012/13
League One Cherries took on Premiership Wigan in Round 3 of the prestigious cup competition. A Eunan O’Kane goal at the DW saw a replay at Dean Court. Here’s the highlights.
STATS AND FACTS
Will AFC Bournemouth win today? Here some stats and facts.
Wigan have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 home games.
Wigan have failed to score in 25% of their last 20 home games.
Bournemouth have won 40%, drawn 25% and lost 35% of their last 20 away games.
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in 30% of their last 20 away games.
Bournemouth have failed to score in 15% of their last 20 away games.
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH END
Its off to the land of the FA Cup holders (are they still in it?) and back to the DW for more fun and frolics. I will not be travelling due to my inability to sit in a seat for any longer than the time it take to get to London. I would go on the train, but I’m far too poor. So, its the radio, a can of Stella, some pork scratchings and lots of swearing. Today, its going to be an old favourite, For Fuck’s Sake.
PREDICTION: Wigan only just managed to beat us when they were in the Premier League and now they are in the Championship they have yet to beat us. Alright, we know its only one game, but our record away from home is currently good. The Latics may have improved but as always, I have a AFCB bias and its another 2-1 away win to go with the victories against Reading and Sheff Weds (note our predictions are generally wrong).