Wigan v Bristol City
Friday September 21, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports
Wigan impressing at the DW
Wigan made it 10 points from four outings at the DW Stadium since promotion back to the Championship with a 2-1 triumph over Hull on Tuesday night. The Latics' decision to appeal against Sam Morsy's red card paid dividends as his goal set the hosts on the way to victory.
The Egypt international gave Athletic the advantage before Josh Windass headed in a second from a Lee Evans cross. Hull pulled one back before the break but Wigan finished strongly and were worthy winners with Antonee Robinson and Michael Jacobs forcing fine saves from the visitors.
Paul Cook's side are up to seventh - level on points with Aston Villa above them - and the Latics boss may look to name an unchanged starting XI here. Commanding centre-back Dan Burn remains sidelined, while winger Gavin Massey is also set to miss out.
Bristol City out-gunned in midweek
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson admitted Tuesday's 4-2 defeat at West Brom saw his side punished by a clinical counter-attacking display after failing to do the defensive basics right. City had won four games on the spin before heading to The Hawthorns but were undone by three goals in eight first-half minutes.
Lloyd Kelly and Famara Diedhiou both scored to bring the result back to within two goals as Bristol City pressed for a route back into the contest. The Robins fired in 23 shots on goal in an adventurous away display and spent much of the second half camped inside opposition territory.
Johnson could field Diedhiou from the start following his midweek goal and Niclas Eliasson and Jay Dasilva are also pushing for recalls. The visitors will be without first-choice keeper Frank Fielding, while Mo Eisa and Hakeeb Adelakun will play no part as they continue their recoveries.
Little to chose between two bright teams
Wigan and Bristol City are meeting in the second-tier for only the third occasion and it was the Robins who claimed top honours in both encounters during the 2016/17 campaign. That year, the Latics bombed out of the Championship but Paul Cook's overseen an outstanding revival.
The hosts 2.206/5 have made the DW Stadium a fortress under Cook (W16-D9-L2) and seen off Rotherham, Hull and Sheffield Wednesday here already, while also holding Nottingham Forest to an enjoyable 2-2 draw. Athletic are also packing plenty of punch offensively, scoring at least twice in five of their eight outings.
After a 13-match winless away run in the Championship, Bristol City 3.55 claimed maximum points at QPR and Swansea before succumbing to West Brom's lethal strikeforce in midweek. However, the Robins have tended to toil on their travels under Lee Johnson, losing 25/58 (43%) league fixtures.
Goals forecast for Friday night
Both Wigan and Bristol City feature prominently in the offensive performance data metrics with the pair amongst the front-runners for shots on-target landed, attempts from inside the opposition penalty area and Expected Goals, suggesting Friday night's encounter could be a very enjoyable and entertaining showdown.
With that in mind, there's mileage in taking 1.8810/11 quotes on Over 2.5 Goals. It's a selection that's won in 9/16 (56%) of their collective contests, as well as 6/8 (75%) when viewing purely their home and away records this term. The goals per-game average in those eight matches sits at a chunky 3.38.
Bristol City's away days have returned long-term profit for Over 2.5 Goals backers under Lee Johnson's watch with 15/27 (56%) games breaking the two-goal barrier since the start of last season and 34/58 (59%) following suit since the current boss was appointed at Ashton Gate.