Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic:
England – Championship.
Date: Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK.
Venue: Ashton Gate, (Bristol).
English Championship new boys Wigan Athletic will kick start their 2016/2017 campaign on Saturday with a visit to Bristol City.
Bristol City had a torrid time during the end of 2015/2016 Championship season, finishing 12 points above the relegation water. Lee Johnson managed side are coming into the new season after eight new players, while 5 players were released for one reason or the other.
Wigan continued their quest for top flight football by gaining a well deserved promotion to the second tier of English football. They finished top of league one with 87 points from 46 games last season, to ensure they ply their trade in this about to start 2016/2017 championship season. The Latics had a pretty busy summer transfer window, adding 10 fresh legs to their squad and released eleven 11 players.
- Bristol City savaged 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 defeat in their last five(5) fixtures.
- Bristol tasted defeats in each of their last five Championship games.
- Wigan are coming on the back of a meagre two wins from their last five (5) games
- Wigan gathered 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 defeat in their last five (5) competitive away games in the 2015/2016 League One.
Bristol City Team News:
Gary O’Neil, the new signing from Norwich City is yet to recover from a knee injury and he is a major doubt when Bristol welcomes Wigan Athletic.
The 20-year old midfielder Josh Brownhill, a new signing from Preston North End is expected to make him debut here.
Bristol City: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-3)
O’Donnell – Golbourne, Flint, Magnusson, Ayling – Bryan, Pack, Reid – Agard, Kodjia, Tomlin.
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Nick Powell, Emyr Huws Donervan Daniels are major doubts in the trip to Bristol.
The new arrival from Liverpool, Adam Bogdan is a sure starter in goal for Wigan in their season opener.
Wigan Athletic: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Bogdan – Morgan, Buxton, Burn – Power, Perkins, Morsy, Gilbey, Burke – Grigg, Wildschut.
Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic: Head to Head
Both teams had a feel of each when they were both in the league one. In between 1999-2001 Bristol and Wigan met a record a eight (8) times in league one.
Exactly half of these meetings ended with both sides sharing points, while Wigan won two times compared to Bristol’s one.
Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic: Prediction
First game of the season has a lot of dizziness with it when it comes to predictions. If Wigan performance in the league one last season is by anything to go by. And Bristol’s struggling form last season in the championship has to be looked at; it will be healthy to settle for a possible Wigan victory.
However, considering Bristol city sumptuous pre-season and the fact they are hosting the game, they have a good chance of gathering something against the newly promoted boys.
To conclude, I will settle for both side finding the net, and a possible victory for any of the two teams.
Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic: Best Picks
- Both Teams to Score.
- Double Chance – Bristol/Wigan.