MATCH PREVIEW: WOLVES v LATICS

Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of the trip to face Wolves.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v WIGAN ATHLETIC
MOLINEUX
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14 2017
KICK-OFF 7.45pm  

PREVIEW
Warren Joyce says his number one priority after defeat in the final seconds against Fulham on Saturday was to make the players get the disappointment out of their systems quickly and get ready to approach this game with a positive outlook.  

Once the dust settled on that defeat, Latics could draw a lot of positives from a game in which they scored twice away from home and created several more really good opportunities, and it is with those thoughts that they will travel to the Midlands ready for a second game in three days.

As for their hosts, three defeats in the last four games is not sparkling form and Paul Lambert’s only success at home this calendar year was a victory against his former charges Aston Villa; that aside, it’s undeniable Wolves have been under-performing in the league. The FA Cup is a different matter, where after their great win at Liverpool, they pulled the big one out of the hat for Round 5 in the shape of Chelsea at home.  

Latics will be hoping to exploit both those facts while Lambert’s task will be to keep minds focused on this match as opposed to the Premier League leaders coming to town four days later. 

TEAM NEWS 
Jakob Haugaard came off at half-time at Craven Cottage after receiving a kick in the head, Matt Gilks making his debut for Latics in the second half. He is likely to miss out. There are no other fresh injuries, while Ryan Tunnicliffe is available again after suspension and should be included in the squad at least.

For Wolves, striker Joe Mason missed out on the Newcastle defeat with a hernia problem and looks set to miss out again. Mike Williamson has a groin injury which may also keep him out while Jordan Graham and Michal Zyro are still out with long-term knee injuries.

SEASON SO FAR 
It has been a pretty turbulent season at Molineux to say the least. With the club being sold to the Chinese Fosun Group last summer, their first move was to replace manager Kenny Jackett with former Italy international goalkeeper Walter Zenga, but it’s fair to say the experiment was not successful, and he was replaced by Lambert after just 87 days in charge and a run of just one point from a possible 15. 

The situation hasn’t really improved since, with form patchy at best and Wolves are seven points from safety as we enter this game; their season hangs in the balance – worryingly for Lambert, but encouraging from a Latics point of view, they have managed just four home wins from their 14 games at Molineux – and statistically have the worst home defence in the league.

CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS  
9, David Edwards
8, Helder Costa
4, Ivan Cavaleiro
3, Matt Doherty
3, Joe Mason

HEAD-TO-HEAD 
The teams have met in every division except the 4th tier, Latics having been promoted by the time Wolves sunk to one of their lowest ebbs in the mid 80s.  

We are ahead 7-4 in the wins stake which is encouraging, including victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season, which you can see again below:

As regards Molineux, it has been a pretty happy hunting ground with just two defeats from our seven matches there, two wins and three draws, one of which came in our last visit there in 2014 under Uwe Rosler. 

Looking further back, it was a fantastic match back in September 2014, a thrilling 3-3 draw and featuring that all-too rare gem of a Matt Jackson goal. 

PLAYED FOR BOTH SIDES
From the current squads, the main connections are Nouha Dicko, who joined Wolves from Latics in 2014 and is now back from his injury nightmare at Molineux. Michael Jacobs joined us in 2015 from Molineux while Sam Morsy was at the Wolves Academy but was released having spent nine years at the academy.  

Nathan Byrne, currently on loan at Charlton Athletic, was signed from Wolves last summer, while Adam Le Fonde, who has just left us, was also at Molineux.  

Still in recent times, Leon Clarke was signed on loan from Wolves in 2015, while Sheyi Ojo followed his loan spell with us from Liverpool with one at Molineux.  

Others to have played for both going back through time are David Jones, Marcus Bent, David Connolly, Jason Roberts, Henri Camara, Dave Beasant, Isidro Diaz, Andy Mutch, Scott McGarvey, Colin Taylor, Eric Nixon, while the furthest link we could trace was current Portsmouth manager Paul Cook. 

MATCH OFFICIALS: 
Referee - Simon Hooper
Assistant Referee 1 - Timothy Wood
Assistant Referee 2 - James Wilson
Fourth Official - Mark Haywood



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