Exeter City host Wigan Athletic at St James Park this Saturday in a big weekend in League One. The two sides are in a run of bad form and desperately need a win to start to turn their seasons around.
Exeter currently sit 12th in League One after 12 games. The Grecians have five wins, one draw and six losses, leaving them on 16 points, four points from the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Exeter have one win and four losses. In the Third Round of the League Cup, Exeter faced Premier League Luton Town. Demetri Mitchell scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute and was sent off just five minutes later, but Exeter held on for the 1 - 0 win. However, back in the league, Exeter were back on the losing side. Sam Hoskins and Patrick Brough both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Northampton Town.
James Scott opened the scoring for Exeter against Charlton, but in the second half Charlton completely dominated. Corey Blackett-Taylor and Miles Leaburn both scored along with a brace from Alfie May in the 4 - 1 win, with Will Aimson sent off for Exeter. John AcAtee scored the only goal of the game in the 1 - 0 win for Barnsley, where The Grecians only managed one shot on target.
The last time out for Exeter was in the Football League Trophy against the Arsenal U21s. Charles Sagoe Jr, Khayon Edwards and Jack Henry-Francis all scored and along with a brace from Sebastian Ferdinand, Arsenal won 5 - 0.
Wigan, on the other hand, sit 23rd in League One. In 11 games, The Latics have four wins, one draw and six losses, leaving them on just five points after their point deduction.
In their last five games in all competitions, Wigan have one win and four losses. Luke Thomas opened the scoring for Bristol Rovers and despite Charlie Wyke’s equaliser, Rovers went on to win 4 - 1 with the other goals being provided by Jack Hunt, Aarong Collins and John Marquis. Martial Godo drew first blood for Wigan against Portsmouth, but goals from Regan Poole and Paddy Lane put Portsmouth in the lead going into halftime. Wyke was then sent off early in the second half, as the game finished 2 - 1 in Portsmouth favour.
Charlie Hughes opened the scoring for Wigan against Burton in the late stages of the first half. A brace from Joe Powell gave Burton the 2 - 1 win, despite the late sending off of Beryly Lubala. An early penalty from Aaron Pressley was the only goal of the game as Stevenage won 1 - 0 with Alex MacDonald sent off for Stevanage and Callum Lang dismissed for Wigan.
The last outing for Wigan was in the Football League Trophy against Fleetwood. Stephen Humphrys, Josh Stones and Tom Pearce all scored in the 3 - 3 draw that saw the tie go to penalties. Ryan Broom, Xavier Simons and Danny Mayor all missed to give Wigan the 4 - 3 win.
Exeter and Wigan have met 16 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming as recently as 1982. Wigan dominate the fixture with ten wins in comparison to Exeter’s three wins, with the other three games ending in a draw.