Swindon Town will kick off the New Year with a highly important fixture against Wigan Athletic at the County Ground.
It will be the first time John Sheridan has faced the Latics since he left the DW stadium to take over the Town reins from Richie Wellens.
Town and Athletic are neck and neck in the League table, with the Latics just ahead of the Reds by two points.
However, that will be of little consolation to the away side who like Swindon, currently find themselves beneath the dreaded dotted lines.
Sheridan’s side will hope the turn of the New Year and the conclusion of a very difficult back end of 2020 will be the catalyst to a strong recovery from the frustrating 4-1 home defeat against MK Dons.
Tomorrow’s contest will be the first meeting between the two sides in four years – the last time The Reds and The Latics locked horns it was the away side who prevailed with a 4-1 away victory at the county Ground.
However, the overall record between the clubs stretching back to 1986 is a lot tighter with this fixture yielding four wins, four draws and five defeats for Swindon.
All of this will be irrelevant once the players cross the white lines and the referee’s whistle is blown.
Currently managed by Leam Richardson, Wigan Athletic sit in 22nd place and are just two points ahead of Swindon, but are two points away from safety.
The Latics come into the contest with the better form, unbeaten in three games and recently overcame Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium in an entertaining affair which ended 4-3.
They set up with an attacking 4-2-3-1 with Will Keane playing in behind Kyle Joseph, while Oliver Crankshaw and Thelo Aasgaard support from the wings.
As their victory against Burton Albion proved, they are dangerous in the attacking areas and can score goals, even if they are missing top goal scorer Joe Garner.
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The dangermen will be 19-year-old Kyle Joseph and former Manchester United attacking midfielder Will Keane.
Town will also have to be aware of the threat from Athletic’s full backs, in particularly right-back Tom James who has found the net on four occasions.