Wigan Athletic vs Everton : Everton’s trophy credentials brought into focus ahead of first Wigan clash since watershed loss Blues have not faced the Latics since they were beaten in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2013
After pre-season jaunts to Kenya and the Swiss Alps, Everton are back in the North West this week for a friendly at Wigan Athletic but the fixture has added poignancy than merely being an opportunity for travelling Blues to make the relatively short trip in great numbers.
After selling out their initial allocation for 5,000 spectators at the 25,138 DW Stadium, Everton have been given an additional 3,600 tickets in the North Stand meaning that there could end up being more than eight-and-a-half thousand away fans at the fixture and the possibility that they might even outnumber their hosts in numbers.
For eight years between 2005-13, the hop down the M58 was Everton’s closest away day after the Merseyside Derby but the sides have not met since the Latics relegation from the Premier League in May 2013, just three days after they recorded a shock 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
Wednesday’s game therefore is the first meeting between the clubs since THAT infamous FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park on Saturday March 9, 2013. Everton have received a further 3,600 tickets in addition to the 5,000 already sold for the away friendly v Wigan Athletic on Wednesday 24 July 2019.
Any supporters wishing to go, there will also be a cash turnstile on the night in the North stand at Turnstile P.
Tickets for adults are £15 each.
8,500+ Evertonians are set to take over the DW Stadium when the Blues take on Wigan Athletic in their only scheduled friendly on English soil.
The clash follows up on a successful trip to Switzerland where Marco Silva’s side trained hard, bonded as a unit and played two hard fought fixtures. The Blues were unlucky to go away without a win against FC Sion and were dominant against Monaco despite the the narrow margin of victory.
This will be the fourth of seven matches before the big kick-off on August 10, with FSV Mainz, Sevilla and Werder Bremen still to come.
This will be the first time Everton and Wigan have faced off since the Latics came to Goodison in an FA Cup semi-final in March 2013 and well… you know what happened next.
Wigan have became somewhat of a yo-yo club since their relegation from the Premier League in 2013, having been relegated from the Championship on two occasions, but they regained promotion straight back into the second division at the first time of asking both times.
Paul Cook’s side finished 18th last term, 12 points separated them from the drop-zone.
This will also be Wigan’s fourth warm-up match, having already battered Chester FC 7-1 away, tasted a 1-0 defeat to Flyde before drawing 1-1 with Bradford last weekend.
Players will most probably start completing full 90 minute matches from this point on as Silva shapes up the side he wants to face Crystal Palace next month.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina have joined up with the squad after extended breaks and could get their first minutes of preseason on Wednesday evening.
Fabian Delph is in line to get his first run out in an Everton shirt after his £9 million move from Manchester City last week.
Ademola Lookman is expected to join RB Leipzig imminently, so don’t expect the 21-year-old to feature.
Antonee Robinson could line-up against the club he spent 11 years at just nine days after he was sold for a fee in the region of £2 million.