WIGAN are struggling to adjust to life back in the Championship. Four straight defeats have left them second-bottom in the table heading into Saturday’s home game against Fulham. There is little wrong going forward. They’ve scored 10 goals in seven games, which is even more than surprise leaders Huddersfield. But boss Gary Caldwell has told Latics they must tighten up at the back, especially with their latest opponents being joint-fifth in the table.
2. When will Rochdale claim their first league win?
ROCHDALE are bottom of League One as they prepare to host fourth-placed Fleetwood. The visitors are unbeaten in three while Dale are yet to win a league game after drawing 2-2 at Bristol Rovers last Saturday. Boss Keith Hill has got his side playing some excellent football but even he has admitted they now need to turn that into points.
3. Can Macclesfield keep moving forward?
MACCLESFIELD are defying the pre-season odds again in the Vanarama National League. The Silkmen sit fifth after playing nine games and have a game in hand after Tuesday night’s home game with Wrexham was rained off. The Moss Rose pitch should have recovered in time to host Eastleigh, who are two points behind in ninth. The visitors have a far greater budget but Macc have the momentum as they seek a fourth straight win.
4. Can Ashton maintain unbeaten record?
ASHTON UNITED are one of only two teams still unbeaten in the Evo-Stik Premier and hope to maintain that record as they visit Hednesford Town. The Robins are yet to replace joint-managers Steve Halford and Paul Phillips, who were lured to Stalybridge, so senior players Will Haining and Jody Banim remain in temporary charge. Ashton then saw Jay Gorton, Gary Gee and Adam Mather follow their former bosses to Bower Fold but Bobby Lofthouse is set to make his Robins bow this Saturday.
5. Who will be FA Cup heroes?
Everyone always looks forward to the FA Cup. For in-form teams it’s a chance to keep their momentum going; for strugglers it’s a chance to forget about their league form and regain that winning feeling. For HYDE UNITED, an upset of more illustrious neighbours STOCKPORT COUNTY would provide a much-needed boost in the second qualifying round and, having already come through two rounds, TRAFFORD have a good chance to continue their run as they visit Northern League side Bishop Auckland. There are plenty of other ties this Saturday and as we all know, anything can happen in the Cup!
EFL: WIGAN v Fulham, Walsall v BOLTON, Swindon v BURY, Coventry v OLDHAM, ROCHDALE v Fleetwood.
National League: MACCLESFIELD v Eastleigh.
Evo-Stik League: Hednesford v ASHTON UNITED, Clitheroe v DROYLSDEN, Prescot Cables v MOSSLEY, RADCLIFFE BOROUGH v Scarborough Athletic.