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Match Preview: Zulte Waregem vs Wigan Athletic

Its been a mad day for me, and unfortunately that isn't because I am travelling off to watch the boys in blue battle on the continent. Yet if you are on the way there to Belgium or if you are already there reading this, I hope you are enjoying what is a purely historic day in the club's history.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Before I go and get into the nitty gritty of just what this game is all about, can we just stop and take a moment to remember who we are as a club. The name is Wigan Athletic a small town club known better for the wrong shaped ball than for its football team for many years. Now we are about to enter one of the biggest stages on world football.

I am sorry but I am just so mad with excitement. The sheer fact that we made it into Europe (let alone the fact we won the FA Cup to do it) is some achievement for a club which was on the verge of going of falling out of the world.

Now enough of all the reminiscing and lets look at the game to come.

Lets first take a look at the men we are going to face. They are a squad brought together to simply play one thing and that is good quality football. If you look at their side there are no big names that jump out at you, which is a huge misconception to take from what is a massively talented squad.

These Belgium's play some damn good football when they get going, it was no mistake they were second in Belgium last year by any stretch of the imagination - If you are looking for a notable player, then the brother of a certain Eden Hazard currently plays for Waregem.

The omens though are in the favor of the away side tonight. In their European adventures Waregem have yet to ever win a home game, and their qualifying round draw against AOPEL was their only draw. While the other stat going in Latics favor is that no English side has lost to one from Belgium.

Suppose their is always a first time!

Wigan going into the game out of form and really out of strikers. Owen Coyle has said he would like to rest Marc-Antoine Fortune tonight and the only way he could do that is by pushing someone else up through the middle, who will that be? Maybe Nouha Dicko will get the chance to shine up front on his own?

Who ever it is they will be flanked by Callum McManaman and James McClean with a midfield consisting of Nick Powell as the United man will make his full debut for the club tonight. He will also be join by Ryan Shotton who Owen Coyle is line for an appearance in our defense.

It will be interesting to see how we line up, and how we will build into the game as we march into Belgium tonight.


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