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Three to Watch: Wigan Athletic

26 February 2018

The Latics are looking good value for an immediate return to the Championship, as Paul Cook's side sit just three points off the top of the table, with games in hand.

Impressive league form has not been the only thing that Wigan fans have been celebrating this season, as their side have also forged an impressive Emirates FA Cup run that has seen them defeat Premier League giants, Manchester City in the process.

Ahead of an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie against Southampton, Wigan have now set their focus back to SkyBet League One and managed to grind out a 1-0 victory over Rochdale on Saturday.

We have shortlisted three players in the ranks of Tuesday's opponents to watch out for.

Will Grigg

Famous for the song that echoed across France during the Euro 2016 campaign, the twenty-six-year-old striker has again found form in front of goal this season. 

Following Wigan's relegation to SkyBet League One last term, Grigg's goals have played an influential part in the current season's success for Paul Cook's side.

Grigg grabbed his first goal of the season in Wigan's defeat over Rovers back in September and has gone to sixteen goals in total, in just under forty appearances.

Since the turn of the year, the striker has found a steady supply of goals, scoring six goals already in 2018.

Grigg's goal against Manchester City a little just over seven days ago proved to be an enough to dash Pep Guardiola's hopes of winning the quadruple and secured a victory that will live long in the memories of Wigan fans.

The striker's last strike in SkyBet League One came in a 2-0 victory over Gillingham at the beginning of the month.

Michael Jacobs

The midfielder has a healthy goal tally so far this campaign, with eight strikes to his name so far this term.

A former employee of both Derby and Wolves, Jacobs arrived at Wigan back in 2015 and was part of the side that won promotion to the Championship during the 2015/16 season.

Focusing on his exploits this campaign and it becomes apparent that the midfielder hit the ground running at the start of the season, scoring in back-to-back wins over both Bury and Oldham.

On Saturday, Jacobs captained Wigan in the absence Sam Morsy and lead by example, scoring the only goal of the game in a narrow victory over Rochdale at the DW Stadium.

It is worth noting that Wigan have won on every occasion where Jacobs has found the net.

Nick Powell

The former Manchester United midfielder looks set to return to Paul Cook's side following an injury that forced him to withdraw from Wigan's Emirates FA Cup victory over Manchester City and kept him out of contention for Saturday's win over Rochdale.

Powell joined Latics on a permanent three-year contract in July 2016 following the expiry of his deal at Manchester United.

Powell has twelve goals to his name this season and enjoyed a red-hot start to the campaign, stretching his goal tally to seven before the conclusion of October.

The midfielder rifled home a free-kick when the sides met earlier in the season and in recent weeks has found the net in victories over Northampton and Gillingham.



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