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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC v LEEDS UNITED

5 May 2017

Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of the visit of The Whites

  • Wigan Athletic v Leeds United match preview.
  • Graham Barrow: “Let’s finish the season on a high.”
  • Latics look to end 2016-17 with a win.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v LEEDS UNITED
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY 7 May 2017
Kick off 12.00pm

TICKETS: Home supporters with booking history can pay pay on the day, details here
GRAHAM BARROW: Read the Interim Manager’s thoughts prior to the game, here 


PREVIEW
Graham Barrow had hoped that this would be the ‘all-or-nothing’ game, with survival as the carrot for Latics and play-off qualification Leeds’ target. 

Alas, neither scenario is still alive – bar a 13 -goal swing for the visitors to overtake Fulham in 6th place – and this will be a game when Latics can think of what might have been in a season which promised a lot but has failed to deliver. 

Barrow will have the team fired up to seal off the season with a victory, although Garry Monk, who has led United to their best finish in their seven years, will be looking to do just the same. 

Backed by a sold out away end, Leeds will have major support as always and the atmosphere should be a good one as we bid farewell to the Sky Bet Championship.


Garry Monk - stability

TEAM NEWS
Graham Barrow has hinted that he may make a few changes, Omar Bogle returned at Reading after an absence of five matches, and could well start for the first time since Newcastle away. Shaun MacDonald was replaced by Max Power at Reading after he suffered his tragic broken leg and that would be the obvious change there, but Barrow has also hinted he could include young players on the bench. 

For Leeds, Pontus Jansson is suspended and Liam Bridcutt is out.

THE SEASON IN A NUTSHELL
After a shaky start, Garry Monk stabilised the side and from November onwards, they were in the play-off places and looking good to finish there until their worst run of the season has come at a time when they have run out of games to rectify the situation. A disastrous run of five points from a possible 21 points in April has seen what looked like a comfortable play-off place slip away, with defeats away at Reading, Brentford, Burton and at home to Wolves, plus draws against Newcastle and Norwich.   

THE DANGERMEN

Chris Wood is the target-man who needs just one more goal to make it to 30 in all competitions this season. 

Leeds’ season has been built on a really solid defence, where former England keeper Rob Green, Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Jansson and Charlie Taylor have proved to be a formidable combination. 

Pablo Hernandez, who Monk has brought in from Swansea on loan, has also been a big presence, alongside former Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O’Kane, but it’s the goals of the New-Zealander Chris Wood that have made all the difference, the striker brought to the club by former Latics manager Uwe Rosler really adding the cherry on the cake for Monk’s side.

CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS
26, Chris Wood
6, Pablo Hernandez
6, Kyle Bartley
6, Souleymane Doukara 

HEAD TO HEAD
This will only be the eighth league meeting between the sides. There have also been three FA Cup matches, the Quarter Final in 1987 which Leeds won, then in 2006, Latics won on penalties at Elland Road after an epic 3-3 draw in the replay after the initial 1-1 draw at the JJB Stadium.

In the previous seven league matches, Latics lead the way 4-2 in terms of victories, with the 1-1 draw at Elland Road in October the only time the fixture has not resulted in a result one way or the other.

Latics did the double over their illustrious counterparts in 2004-05 on the way to Premiership promotion, it was a case of home teams winning in 2013-14 and away teams winning in 2014-15. 

That was the last time Leeds were in town, Alex Mowatt scoring the only goal of the game in march 2015.

PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS:
Alex Bruce and Stephen Warnock are both former Leeds United players, both spent two seasons at Elland Road between 2010 and 2101 and 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Looking back in time, Jason Pearce was signed from Leeds in 2015, while Jermaine Pennant, Scott Carson and Stephen Crainey all had spells at Elland Road. 

Going further back, Steven Caldwell, Marlon King, Salomon Olembe, Caleb Folan, Michael Brown, Geoff Horsfield, Kevin Sharp, Wayne Entwistle, Phil Hughes, Paul Beesley and Neil Davids all link both. 

On the managerial side, Uwe Rosler has been in charge of both while Neil Redfearn played for Latics and managed Leeds.


Stephen Warnock, with Leeds in 2014

MATCH OFFICIAL: 
SCOTT DUNCAN – 2016-17: 37 matches, 110Y, 10R


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