Latics hoping to record third consecutive win as improving Leeds United visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Both sides recorded midweek wins over East Anglian sides; Latics at Norwich City and Leeds at home to Ipswich Town.
We look back at Leeds’ last visit to the DW as Latics look to make it three on the bounce v Leeds.
Tickets still available for the clash with increase to prices on matchday.
Malky Mackay’s Latics will look to make it three wins in a week as Leeds United head to the DW Stadium on Saturday on an improved run of form of their own after a midweek victory over Ipswich Town at Elland Road.
Latics can move to within three points of safety if they record victory over the Whites and Rotherham United lose at Huddersfield. Leeds, on the other hand, could move as high as 11th with victory if results go in the favour of former Latic Neil Redfearn’s side.
Due to demand, discounted tickets can be purchased online at wiganathletic.com/tickets until 10.00am on Saturday 7 March but tickets purchased after this deadline will be charged at full price.
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LAST TIME WE MET HERE
Wigan Athletic 1 Leeds United 0
Saturday 5th April 2014
Sky Bet Championship
Martyn Waghorn’s strike proved the difference on Leeds United’s last visit to the DW Stadium as Latics continued their push towards the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.
Live on Sky Sports, this game was an early kick-off and by the end of the day Latics were sat pretty in fifth position.
It was a dominant display from Uwe Rosler’s side but a lack of clear-cut opportunities and ruthless finishing meant the game would go right to the wire.
Jordi Gomez fizzed an effort just wide before Nick Powell failed to read the former's defence-splitting ball that would have put the on-loan Manchester United midfielder through on goal.
Latics went ahead just after the half hour, though, as James McArthur skipped two challenges on the edge of the Leeds area before poking the ball into the path of Waghorn, whose low shot evaded the reach of Leeds goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Ali Al Habsi had to be sharp in the second-half to deny a Michael Tonge effort that crept through crowd of players whilst Ross McCormack shot narrowly wide in a rare opportunity for the then Championship top scorer.
Gomez had a late chance to seal the points from a Marc-Antoine Fortuné cross before Leeds had a late spell in the game, only for Latics to hold firm and maintain an unbeaten home run of over four months.
LEEDS UNITED IN 2014/15 SO FAR
Neil Redfearn’s Leeds United arrive at the DW comfortably above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and with their sights set on a top-half finish.
With off the field issues relating to the ownership of the club dominant in most of the talk of Leeds’ 2014-15 campaign, the Whites have done well to steer themselves into a solid position in the table.
They’ll want to make sure they stay clear of the drop zone but with the young players within the group, the club has potential to challenge for promotion to the Premier League again next season.
The summer saw heavy investment in the first team squad under new owner Massimo Cellino with the likes of Souleymane Doukara, Giuseppe Bellusci and Tommaso Bianchi all moving from Serie A to the Sky Bet Championship.
Leeds did lose Ross McCormack to Fulham for a reported fee of £11million with Matt Smith, Luke Varney, Paul Green and Michael Brown all influential figures who also left the club.
Then Head Coach David Hockaday started the campaign with a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough and Capital One Cup success over Accrington Stanley but, after defeat to rivals Bradford City in the second round of the cup, the former Forest Green Rovers boss was dismissed.
Redfearn was asked to take temporary charge following Hockaday’s departure and he led the Whites to three wins out of his four games in charge before Darko Milanic was appointed in late September.
The Slovenian failed to make an immediate impact and, after recording no victories in his first six games, he was sacked at the end of October.
Following Milanic’s departure, Redfearn took the job on a permanent basis and won just two of his first ten games in charge as permanent boss, losing 2-0 to Latics on Boxing Day as Leeds ended 2014 just above the relegation zone.
Despite a cup defeat at Sunderland on the opening day of 2015, the turn of the year was kind to Leeds as draws with Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City were followed up by wins over high-flying AFC Bournemouth, Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town, Reading, Millwall and Middlesbrough as Redfearn steered Leeds ten points clear of the relegation zone.
In that period, Jason Pearce joined Latics whilst Noel Hunt, Stephen Warnock and David Norris left the club and were replaced with the additions of Sol Bamba, Granddi Ngoyi and Edgar Cani on loan until the end of the campaign.
Defeats at Brighton and at home to Watford were a blow to Leeds at the end of February but a home win against Ipswich on Wednesday evening created plenty of breathing space between the Whites and the bottom three.
It’s not at Elland Road where the main worries lie for Redfearn’s side as they have won just four of their 17 games on the road.
MAN TO WATCH – ALEX MOWATT
Leeds’ midfield has been built upon the experience of Rudy Austin and the youth of Luke Murphy, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt with the latter two progressing through the club’s ranks and impressing at first team level.
20-year-old England youth international Mowatt made his Leeds debut in September 2013 in a victory over his hometown club Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup.
Young Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season, Mowatt continued to impress and, this time around, he was voted as the Sky Bet Championship’s Young Player of the Month for November.
With eight goals in 58 appearances from midfield, Mowatt has a bright future in the game and Leeds will look to keep hold of one of their most sought after players.