North West rivals Wigan and Bolton will get this weekend’s Championship action underway live when they clash at the Macron Stadium on Friday night.
With just two points and four places separating these two at the wrong of the table there will be more than bragging rights on the table.
Bolton are currently second bottom of the division after winning just four games all season while Wigan are 16th on 16 points having won a game less.
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The game will be Neil Lennon’s first derby as Bolton manager but the former Celtic manager, used to the intensity of the Glasgow derbies with Rangers, has insisted that he is ready for the challenge.
“It is very different but the premise is the same, we’ll maybe pass on a little bit of that,” said Lennon.
“I don’t know if many of the players have played in this type of game before, I’m sure the majority have so they’ll know what to expect.
“I’ve got players who are pretty experienced at this level but it’s a game they should be really looking forward to, especially having played so well on Tuesday, they should be looking forward to getting back out there and repeating that.
“It’s Friday night, under the lights, against local rivals and there should be a really good crowd in there; it’s what they want to play for.”
Lennon’s side picked up their third win in five midweek when they beat Cardiff 3-0 and another win this weekend would move them out of the bottom three for the first since the new manager came in.
Both sides have experienced plights in recent season with the struggle of adapting to the Championship following relegation from the premier league a common theme. Last season Wigan edged proceedings running out 3-2 winners at home before grabbing a point away.
The 2013 FA cup finalists have failed to replicate last season end of campaign form and have already lost 6 times this season with five of those coming on the road.