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Live on Sky Sports: Rochdale and Wigan Athletic renew acquaintances

13 November 2015

Rochdale and Wigan Athletic get the weekend's Football League action under way on Saturday lunchtime, when the two sides lock horns in Sky Bet League 1.

It's a match which will be screened live on Sky Sports, and it's the first time that the two Greater Manchester sides have faced off since the turn of the century, with the last league meeting coming back in 1997.

Like this weekend, that match was played at Rochdale's Spotland home, and it was the hosts who ran out 3-1 winners. Three games have followed since though, seeing Wigan pick up a trio of cup victories in the 1998/99 season without conceding a goal.

A lot has happened between then and now, with the Latics climbing all the way up to the top flight, winning the FA Cup in 2013 and, as a result, competing in the UEFA Europa League.

While Wigan prospered, Rochdale remained in the same division - where they had been since 1974 - up until the 2009/10 season, when manager Keith Hill guided them to a long-awaited promotion.

Back to the present, and current form favours Wigan, with the Latics unbeaten since mid-September and climbing to fifth in Sky Bet League 1 as a result.

Hill, in his second managerial stint with Rochdale, has watched his side go winless in six - although the last four outings have resulted in draws. That streak has seen Dale slide to 14th, however only six points separate the two sides despite the contrasting run of results.

Don't miss it!

Sky Sports' coverage begins at midday, with kick-off half an hour later, and you can also follow our divisional Twitter feed for updates - @SkyBetLeague1.

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