Last Time Out
The Cobblers beat Cheltenham 1-0 in our latest game two weeks ago thanks to Keiron Bowie’s penalty while Wigan drew 1-1 with Barnsley before going out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Monday night.
One To Watch
Centre back Charlie Hughes continues to impress and provides Wigan with a solid base to build on.
Hughes signed an extended deal with the club last summer and has been a major reason why his side have clawed their way out of the bottom four in recent weeks. If performances continue like this, it won’t be long before clubs from higher divisions come calling for the Wigan born defender.
The Cobblers welcome back Lee Burge to goal this weekend. Max Thompson is back with Newcastle United and Burge is now fully fit to take up the goalkeeper spot again. Sam Hoskins is still a doubt going into the weekend with Jon Brady saying this game could come too soon for our top scorer. Sam Sherring is still a few weeks away from coming back and will definitely miss the game.
Wigan could hand a debut to defender Luke Chambers (not that one) after he signed on loan from Liverpool on Friday. The Latics may also be boosted by the return of Matt Smith with Shaun Maloney hinting this week that he may be back in time for Saturday. Jason Kerr is another to come back into the squad after returning to training this week.
Anthony Backhouse is in the middle for this one. Backhouse was last in charge of the Cobblers for our 3-1 win at Bradford City in November 2022. Ian Cooper and Mark Pottage are running the lines and Carl Brook is fourth official.
There should be goals in this one with a much more open feel to proceedings. I’m going for a 2-2 draw.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.