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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Crewe Alexandra

With August and the end of the transfer window slowly creeping up on us, Gary Caldwell and his team need to start pulling themselves into shape for what is going to be a long slog of a season.

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So far our form and results have been for the best part patchy this season. The Scunthorpe game all gave us hope of what could be coming from the team only to be out muscled by early table toppers Gillingham last weekend. Hopefully the team can continue their good home form in the league with another win.

To do that we have to beat a struggling Crewe Alexandra side. The Chesire based team have so far only managed to draws this season and after the first four games sit just above the relegation zone. This then is going to be a game where we are expecting to get a win from it.

Football though isn't that easy and with our team at the moment anything could and probably will happen. The club have now had to move Emyr Huws on, the Welsh international who was due to return from an ankle injury has joined Huddersfield Town on a season long loan. This comes after he reportedly told Gary Caldwell he would not play in League One.

As part of that deal Wigan have signed former Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula from Huddersfield on a season long loan. This all happening whilst Billy Mckay looks set for an exit and Shaquile Coulthirst returns to Tottenham following an injury. Hiwula could be given an early chance to impress then.

From the rest of our squad Jason Pearce is the only injured player close to a return this weekend, although the game could come to early for him.

Crewe could name an unchanged side from their 3-3 draw with Bury last weekend. After taking the lead in the game it would take a late goal with ten minutes to go to save Crew a point from the game. The signs from the game were more encouraging, yet they keep leaking goals.

Additions of loanees from Liverpool and Swansea in the shapes of Harry Wilson and Stephen Kingsley could shake things up for Crewe ahead of the game tomorrow. Although expecting them to jump straight into the starting line up would be a bit premature.

Hopefully that will continue this weekend against us. One area we need to strengthen up is going forward and it looks like we have found a partnership which will work for us at Wigan. Craig Davies and Will Griggs thrilled Wigan fans with their performance against Scunthorpe after the pair dominated proceedings, seeing more of that will be crucial to any sort of successful season we might now have.