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MATCH PREVIEW: LEEDS UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

18 October 2016

Latics head to Elland Road as they aim to make it four unbeaten.

  • Latics travel to Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Gary Caldwell's side attempt to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
  • Hosts Leeds arrive on run of four straight home wins in the league.
Sky Bet Championship
Leeds United v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 18 October 2016, kick-off 7.45pm
Elland Road


PREVIEW

Latics head to Leeds United's Elland Road this evening as they look to made it four games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship against one of the league's most in-form home sides.

Garry Monk's men have collected four consecutive victories on home soil in recent weeks, with only two away defeats marked on their card in a run which has seen them progress up the table into 13th place, just four points from the play-off positions.

It'll be a tough task for Gary Caldwell's side to overthrow Leeds' recent home dominance, but Latics have been excellent in defence in recent weeks, with their solidity playing a big part in a three-game unbeaten sequence.

Latics come into the game off the back of back-to-back 0-0 draws following the away stalemate against Brentford before the international break and the same score line on Saturday at home to Burton Albion.

Meanwhile, tonight's hosts suffered a frustrating 1-0 away defeat at Derby County at the weekend, the result making it tight in mid-table as only six points now separate the Rams from eighth place Reading with Leeds in caught up in between.

TEAM NEWS

Latics face no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, with Alex Gilbey, Reece James, Donervon Daniels and Andy Kellett all remaining on the sidelines with long term complaints, whilst defenders Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke both featured for West Ham United's Under 23s as they stepped up their recoveries back at their parent club.

Caldwell received a big boost on Saturday with the return of Craig Morgan from a hamstring injury, with the defender an option for his manager ahead of tonight's game.

Leeds also have no fresh worries, but look set to be without Stuart Dallas for two weeks, whilst Liam Bridcutt continues to recover from a foot injury.

SEASON SO FAR

It was a difficult start to the 2016/17 Championship campaign following Monk's arrival as manager in the summer as Leeds won just one of their opening six league matches, but things have been looking up in the past few weeks as their run of home victories has bounced them up the league table.

An 3-0 opening day defeat on the road at Queens Park Rangers did little to inspire Leeds supporters under their new boss, as did a home defeat to Birmingham City and 1-1 draw with Fulham, but a 2-0 away win and first victory of the season over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough began to lift the mood at the Elland Road club.

Monk's men slipped up on the road to Nottingham Forest and suffered a 1-0 home defeat in a derby clash with Huddersfield Town, but they were soon up and running in style with three consecutive victories over Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town.

Leeds were unfortunate to lose their three game unbeaten streak at the hands of Bristol City, but managed to pick things up again with their 2-1 home win over local rivals Barnsley, before the weekend's draw at Derby stalled matters again.

Their cup progress has been equally as steady with a fourth round home tie against Norwich City set for this time next week, following on from victories over Fleetwood Town, Luton Town and Blackburn in previous rounds.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been just nine competitive meetings between Latics and Leeds over the years, spanning from the first clash in the 1987 FA Cup quarter final at Springfield Park, all the way to the latest meeting in the Championship in March 2015.

Six of those nine clashes have come in the second tier of English football and all within the past 12 years, with Latics coming out on top on four occasions to Leeds' two wins.

The first league meeting saw Latics victorious at Elland Road, a ground they've only lost at once, with Alan Mahon and Jimmy Bullard on target in a 2-0 victory in October 2004.

Fast forward 10 years and you reach the last Leeds away trip for Latics with exactly the same outcome, as Liam Cooper's own goal and James McClean's thumping drive providing a 2-0 win on Boxing Day 2014.



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