Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool:
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 UK Time
Venue: DW Stadium.
After the wins over Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town, Liverpool continue their preparations for the 2016/17 season with a friendly against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Reds were hardly troubled in their first two friendlies despite fielding a number of young players. They started off slowly with a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but did exceptionally well in the 5-0 thrashing of Fleetwood Town on Wednesday evening.
The new Liverpool signings Loris Karius, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip got valuable game time over the two matches. And with Coutinho set to make his first appearance in the pre-season friendlies, Klopp is expected to field the strongest possible eleven.
Wigan Athletic, who were relegated from the English Premier League in 2012/13 had a torrid time in recent years. They were again relegated to the League One in 2014/15 season and now they had fought their way back to Championship after winning the 2015/16 League One season.
The Latics were involved in three friendlies already, the most notable is the 2-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. They also played local side Chester F.C. and the Portuguese outfit Sporting Braga, both of which ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: Predicted Line-ups
Wigan (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen – Warnock, Burn, Morgan, Daniels – Huws, Perkins, Power, Taylor – Grigg, Jacobs.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Karius – Moreno, Matip, Lovren, Flanagan – Stewart, Grujic – Mane, Firminho, Markovic – Ings.
Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (18 matches): Liverpool – 11 wins, Wigan – 2, Draws – 5.
- Wigan at home against Liverpool (9 matches) – 1 win, 3 draws, 5 losses.
- Liverpool’s last visit to Wigan Athletic was on March 2013 for the Premiership clash, which finished in a 4-0 wins for the Reds.
- Wigan Athletic’s only win at home against Liverpool was during the 2009/10 Premier League season.
- This is the first time the two teams are meeting for a pre-season friendly.
Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: Prediction
Wigan haven’t done well in the three friendlies they played so far, drawing the first two and losing the third. They haven’t scored a goal in each of those games.
There is big difference in the qualities of players on both sides. Liverpool are missing a number of key players, but the young players look raring to go to impress the manager. And they should have any problem in earning an easy win on Sunday evening.
Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: Tips
Handicap – Liverpool +1
Over 2.5 goals