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Rochdale v Wigan Athletic: Preview

13 November 2015

Live on TV: The match is being shown live on Sky Sports 1, with a 12.30pm kick-off.


Rochdale welcome Wigan Athletic to Spotland this Saturday for the first league encounter between the two sides for 18 years.

The last league meeting was March 8th 1997 when none other than Keith Hill lined-up against the Latics in a 3-1 win at Spotland.

More recently, Dale hosted Wigan Athletic in a pre-season friendly at the start of the 2014-15 season - Dale were 2-1 winners. 

The Latics, who were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season, have recruited Alex Revell on loan from Cardiff City in time for the weekend's match.

They will, however, be without Will Grigg and Donal Love, who are on international duty, and Kevin McNaughton and Sanmi Odelusi, who are injured.

Manager Keith Hill continues to cope with an ever-growing injury list. The squad has been hit with injuries in recent weeks, with Jamie Allen, Callum Camps, Ian Henderson, Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Joe Rafferty all missing out through injury on Tuesday night, while Matty Lund was withdrawn at half-time on Tuesday due to a thigh strain.

PRE-MATCH
Manager Keith Hill was on pre-match press duties. The interview is available to view on Dale PlayerHD. 

You can read part of the interview HERE


THE OPPOSITION
In charge – Gary Caldwell
Current league position – 5th on 27 points

LAST LEAGUE MEETING
March 8th 1997: Rochdale 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Dale were 3-1 winners over Wigan Athletic when the two sides last met. It has been 18 years since the 3-1 win at Spotland.

All four goals came in the first half - John Deary, Alex Johnson and Alex Russell were on the score-sheet for Dale, while Graeme Jones netted from the spot for the Latics. 

Dale XI on the day: A Johnson, A Fensome, K Hill, A Gouck, I Gray, K Formby, A Russell, A Farnell, M Stuart, M Leonard, J Deary. Subs: S Whitehall, W Dowell, G Robson. 


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Derek Eaton & Andrew Halliday
Fourth Official: Graham Salisbury


TICKET INFORMATION
Supporters can pay on the day. You can find admission prices HERE. 

Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off. 


FIRST TIME VISITOR?
Click HERE for to view our guide. It’s packed with information.


MATCH COVERAGE
Live commentary coverage of the game will be available on Dale PlayerHD, with the programme getting underway at around 2.50pm. Not got Dale PlayerHD? You can sign up HERE.

You can also follow the match via the club’s official Twitter feed - @officiallydale


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