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MATCH PREVIEW: LEEDS UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

18 April 2019

Latics head to Leeds United aiming to take points off another Sky Bet Championship title challenge

  • Sky Bet Championship: Leeds United v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics head to Elland Road as both sides fight for crucial points in their aims for the season run-in.
  • Paul Cook's side looking to take points off another Premier League chasing side in his own team's bid for survival.

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LEEDS UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019
ELLAND ROAD
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

After earning a crucial point against Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich City on Sunday 14 April, Latics head to Elland Road for the second game of a double-header against the division's leading sides.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United are next up for Paul Cook's Latics in their penultimate away fixture of the 2018-19 campaign.

Latics enter Friday's game in 21st place in the Championship table, two points above Rotherham United who occupy the final relegation place. With 42 points, Latics are level with 20th place Millwall, two points behind 19th place Reading and four points behind 18th place Birmingham City.

After their 1-0 victory against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday and Norwich's draw with Latics at the DW Stadium, Leeds cut the gap at the top to just four points and will be aiming to close it even further come Friday.

GOOD FRIDAY FIXTURES

Bristol City v Reading (12.00pm)
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest (12.30pm)
Millwall v Brentford (1.00pm)
Birmingham City v Derby County (3.00pm)
Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa (3.00pm)
Middlesbrough v Stoke City (3.00pm)
Preston North End v Ipswich Town (3.00pm)
Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers (3.00pm)
Swansea City v Rotherham United (3.00pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City (3.00pm)
Norwich City v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

MATCH DAY INFO

Officials

Referee - Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Hodskinson
Assistant Referee 2 - Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official - Matthew Donohue

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Thursday morning, Latics boss Paul Cook gave the following updates on his players:

"Nick Powell and Josh Windass are fine. Nick felt his hamstring a little bit in the Hull game, but we dealt with it leading up to Norwich and he's fine to be involved again this weekend.

"Unfortunately for Foxy, he's not going to be able to travel to Elland Road, but everyone else has recovered well from Sunday's game."

Jonas Olsson came on for his home debut against Norwich City due to Fox's knee injury.

Gary Roberts, Anthony Pilkington and Callum McManaman have all been missing due to injuries.

Michael Jacobs remains a long-term injury concern through a hamstring problem.

Latics made four changes for last Sunday's draw against Norwich, with Lee Evans, Leon Clarke, Kal Naismith and Gavin Massey replacing Darron Gibson, Joe Garner, Josh Windass and Nick Powell.

LEEDS UNITED

Marcelo Bielsa suffered a pre-match blow last weekend when captain Liam Cooper picked up an injury in the warm up. The central defender was replaced by Gaetano Berardi for Leeds' 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Bielsa said he will stick with the same team that beat the Owls, with Cooper's return to the team unlikely.

Leeds lined up as follows: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Berardi, Alioski, Roberts, Hernandez, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bamford

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Head to Head Leeds United v Wigan Athletic

CLASSIC ACTION



PLAYED FOR BOTH


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