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          Wigan Athletic vs Port Vale Preview, Tips & Stats

          DW Stadium welcomes Wigan Athletic and Port Vale this Saturday in League One. Port Vale look to put some room between themselves and the relegation zone whereas Wigan aim for a spot in the top ten.

          Wigan currently sit 12th in League One after 41 games. The Latics have 17 wins, eight draws and 16 losses, leaving them on 51 points, seven points behind tenth-place Leyton Orient.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Wigan have two wins, one draw and two losses.

          Following the first half red card to Leyton Orient’s Ethan Galbraith, Jason Kerr scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute to give Wigan the 1 - 0 win over Orient. However, the next time out for Wigan saw them on the wrong side of the 1 - 0 scoreline. An own goal from Sam Lloyd Tickle in the 19th minute gave Wycombe the win, despite Wigan having 18 shots and 67% of the possession.

          The Latics were back to winning ways against Blackpool. Wigan scored with their only shot on target, with Scott Smith scoring in the 26th minute to give Wigan the 1 - 0 win. The visit from Burton saw an own goal from Sam Joseph Hughes give Wigan the 1 - 0 lead at halftime. However, early in the second half, John Brayford found the back of the net for Burton to rescue a 1 - 1 draw for The Brewers.

          The last time out for Wigan was against Cambridge United. Gassan Ahadme opened the scoring early for Cambridge and doubled the lead before the hour mark. Martial Godo got Wigan in the game with 20 minutes to go but a goal from Danny Andrew gave Cambridge the 3 - 1 win.

          Port Vale, on the other hand, currently sit 21st in League One. In 40 games, Port Vale have ten wins, nine draws and 21 losses which leaves them on 39 points, just one point above the relegation zone.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Port Vale have two wins, one draw and two losses.

          The trip to Leyton Orient saw Port Vale only manage two shots on target as both sides played out a 0 - 0 draw. Back at Vale Park, Port Vale hosted Oxford United. Ciaron Brown gave Oxford the 1 - 0 lead at halftime and Josh Murphy doubled the lead early in the second half. Port Vale failed to register a single shot on target in the 2 - 0 loss.

          However, Port Vale bounced back against Burton Albion. Port Vale left it late, but Ryan Loft found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to give Port Vale the 1 - 0 win, restricting Burton to two shots on target. Another win from Port Vale came against Bristol Rovers, with Ben Garrity and Baylee Dipepa both scoring in a 2 - 0 win.

          The most recent outing for Port Vale was against Northampton Town. Mitch Pinnock opened the scoring for Northampton and Shaun Mcwilliams grabbed a goal in the 94th minute to give Northampton the 2 - 0 win.

          Wigan and Port Vale have met 34 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1969. Not much separates the two sides, with Port Vale picking up 14 wins in comparison to Wigan’s 13 wins, with the other seven games ending in a draw.

          Wigan Athletic Team News

          Shaun Maloney only has one injury concern this weekend, with Chris Sze likely to be unavailable.

          Port Vale Team News

          Darren Moore could be without Dan Gore and Mitch Clark this weekend.