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Match Preview – Wigan vs Derby

Last Updated: 07/12/18 12:27pm

Nick Powell could return for Wigan

Nick Powell could return for Wigan

Nick Powell could return for Wigan

Nick Powell may return for Wigan’s visit of Derby on Saturday.

The striker missed the 1-1 draw at Bolton last weekend with a hamstring injury having lasted just 22 minutes in the win over Blackburn. Antonee Robinson (ankle), Gavin Massey (hamstring), Chey Dunkley (knee) are all out. They join Michael Jacobs (hamstring) as long longer-term absentees for Latics.

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Jack Marriott is in line to return for Derby after a foot problem. The striker missed the 2-1 win over Swansea but trained on Thursday and is expected to feature.

George Evans is close to a comeback after knee and hip injuries and is due to face Manchester City on Friday night. Joe Ledley is training again after a hip problem but Curtis Davies (Achilles) is out for the season and Craig Forsyth (knee), Mason Bennett (hamstring), and Marcus Olsson (knee) have all been struggling.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bolton and Wigan.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bolton and Wigan.

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Wigan have failed to score in their last three league matches against Derby (D1 L2).

Derby have won four of their last five away league visits to Wigan (L1).

Wigan boss Paul Cook’s two previous meetings with Derby were both in cup competitions – he lost 0-2 with Chesterfield in the FA Cup fourth round in 2014-15 and won 2-1 with Portsmouth in the League Cup first round in 2015-16.

Derby’s Harry Wilson has scored more league goals from outside the box than any other player in the EFL so far this season (5).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby and Swansea.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby and Swansea.

Since losing four consecutive league games, Wigan are now unbeaten in their last three (W1 D2).

Derby have won 34 points from their 20 games this season, one fewer than they accumulated at this stage last term.

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David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

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