Wigan Athletic make the long trip down to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup 3rd round.

Bournemouth are hovering above the relegation zone in the Premier League, sat in 16th place. This is the Cherries third season in the country’s top flight having won the SkyBet Championship back in 2015.

Eddie Howe’s side are unbeaten in their last three with entertaining draws with both West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion which came either side of a 2-1 win over Everton.

Their latest point in the Premier League coming at the Amex in a 2-2 draw with fellow south-coast side Brighton. Bournemouth came from behind twice as goals from Steve Cook and Callum Wilson ensured they left Sussex with a point.

Ryan Fraser looks set to return after missing the game with Brighton. Whereas Josh King, Tyrone Mings, Jermian Defoe and Junior Stanislas all remain sidelined. 

2013 FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic are enjoying life in SkyBet League One as they sit top of the tree. The Latics are two points ahead of second placed Shrewsbury Town and seven points clear of third placed Blackburn.

Paul Cook’s side appear to have hit a sticky patch over the festive period with back to back 0-0 draws with Shrewsbury and Oxford United.

Nick Powell got Wigan off to the perfect start in 2018 as they defeated Northampton Town at the Sixfield’s stadium.

Wigan defied the odds as they beat current Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City in the final. Ben Watson’s 91st minute header ensured their first ever FA Cup win.

The Latics were able to set up a tie away at Bournemouth courtesy of defeating National League side AFC Fylde in a replay.

Loanee Ivan Toney and a brace from Will Grigg was enough to dump the Coasters out of the competition.

Ryan Colclough could return to the Wigan squad following a shoulder injury, Alex Bruce is struggling with a back problem, and Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are progressing well in full training.

The two sides met back in the Championship in 2015 with the Cherries taking all of the points. Callum Wilson’s brace either side of Yann Kermorgant’s strike secured the points.

Current SkyBet Championship top scorer Leon Clarke pulled a goal back for the Latics bust it only proved the be a consolation.


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