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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V PRESTON NORTH END

21 April 2019

Latics head home to the DW Stadium following Good Friday's 2-1 away win over promotion chasing Leeds United

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Preston North End.
  • Latics host the Preston after collecting four points from the division's top two sides.
  • Paul Cook's side are 20th in the table, five points clear of the relegation zone.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC V PRESTON NORTH END
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
MONDAY 22 APRIL 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium after their heroic efforts at Elland Road on Good Friday, with Gavin Massey's double and a Herculian defensive performance saw Paul Cook's side win 2-1 against the odds, with 10 men from the 14th minute onwards.

The victory means Latics have collected four points from the Sky Bet Championship's top two teams, following on from Sunday 14 April's 1-1 draw with Norwich City at the DW.

Latics start Easter Monday on 45 points in 20th position, five points clear of Rotherham United who occupy the final relegation place in 22nd. Victory for Latics and anything less than a win for Rotherham would see Cook's men safe in the Championship. A draw for Latics and a defeat for Rotherham would see Latics within goal difference of safety, with an 11-goal advantage over the Millers.

Victory for Latics could also see them rise as high as 17th, if results went in our favour.

The visitors start theday in ninth place and can still make the play-offs mathematically, but it looks unlikely, with Alex Neil's side on 60 points, seven behind sixth place Middlesbrough, with eihgth place Derby County and seventh place Bristol City both having games in hand over North End.

Preston arrive at the DW following a 4-0 victory against already relegated Ipswich Town on Friday.

MATCH INFO

Officials

Referee - Andrew Madley
Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Fox
Assistant Referee 2 - Adam Crysell
Fourth Official - Jeremy Simpson

MONDAY'S FIXTURES

Aston Villa v Millwall (1.00pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Queens Park Rangers
Hull City v Sheffield United
Ipswich Town v Swansea City
Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough
Reading v West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United v Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City
Stoke City v Norwich City
Brentford v Leeds United (5.15pm)

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics had an appeal against Cedric Kipre's suspension following his controversial red card in Good Friday's 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road turned down on Sunday evening. The defender will miss one match.

The centre back was sent off after just 14 minutes for an alleged hand ball on the goal line, from which Christian Walton tipped Pablo Hernandez's penalty onto the post.

Latics went on to win the contest 2-1 despite playing with ten men for 76 minutes plus stoppage time.

Another defender Latics are waiting on news from is Danny Fox, who missed Friday's victory after picking up a knock to his knee in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at the DW Stadium.

Anthony Pilkington, Callum McManaman (hernia) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) remain sidelined, but Gary Roberts did recover to take a place on the bench last time out.

PRESTON NORTH END

North End had nine first team players missing from their 4-0 victory over Ipswich Town on Friday.

Influential midfielder Ben Pearson continues to serve a suspension, whilst Billy Bodin (ACL), Josh Harrop (ACL), Tom Barkhuizen (knee), Tom Clarke, Andrew Hughes (hamstring), Alan Browne and Brandon Barker (hamstring) are all on the injury list.

Brad Potts has also been missing from Preston's 18-man squads for the last couple of fixtures.

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Preston North End

CLASSIC ACTION

PODCAST - IAN BRECKIN, KAL NAISMITH AND ANTONEE ROBINSON



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