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LEEDS UTD V WIGAN ATHLETIC PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

23:42 3rd December 2013

by Stewart Frodsham

Latics head to Leeds looking to end a run of three straight defeats with Graham Barrow and Sandy Stewart in charge.

Leeds United v Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 4 December 2013, kick off 7.45pm
Elland Road

Fan Information

Supporters travelling to the game can buy tickets on the night.

Wigan Athletic supporters can attend the "Howard's" bar situated next the away turnstiles at Elland Road.  Howard's is open from 5.45pm and accessible on a first come first served basis.

Match Preview

Graham Barrow and Sandy Stewart will take charge of their first game at Elland Road on Wednesday night in their caretaker roles following the departure of Owen Coyle on Monday morning.

Wednesday’s game will be only the sixth meeting between the two sides and only the third ever league fixture.  Latics have won both previous league meetings without conceding a goal winning games 2-0 and 3-0.  The last time the two sides met was in an FA Cup replay in January 2006, Latics also coming out on top in that game after a penalty shoot out. [Click here] for the full head to head.

[Click here] to view an exclusive preview interview with Graham Barrow. You can also get a sneak preview on our YouTube channel by [clicking here] and don't forget to subscribe.

Team News

Speaking exclusively to Latics Player Graham Barrow has reported no new injury worries ahead of the trip to Leeds.  Shaun Maloney and Juan Carlos Garcia are the only two players still completely out of action after Gary Caldwell and Ali Al Habsi have returned to training this week.  Scott Carson took up a place on the bench against Derby on Sunday and could get the nod over Lee Nicholls to play his first game since picking up the injury in the warm up at Charlton at the end of October.

Leeds are hoping that striker Ross McCormack can make a quick recovery from the hip injury he picked up in the defeat to Blackburn on Saturday.  The Scot would be a significant miss for Leeds given he has been directly involved in 54% of Leeds’ goals this season, that’s the most in the Championship.  Dexter Blackstock is back with his parent club Nottingham Forest while his recovery continues and defender Scott Wootton also remains sidelined with an ankle problem.

Last League Line Ups

Wigan Athletic (v Derby County [H] L1-3): L Nicholls, L Barnett, I Ramis, E Boyce, S Crainey, B Watson (R Espinoza, 45), J McArthur, C McManaman (M Fortune, 84), J McClean, W Keane (G Holt, 45), N Powell.
Subs not used: C McCann, S Carson, J Gomez, R Shotton

Leeds United (v Blackburn Rovers [A] L1-0): P Kenny, D Pugh, M Zaliukas, J Pearce, L Peltier (S Byram, 59), T Lees, A Mowatt, R Austin, L Murphy (D Poleon, 81), L Varney (M Smith, 59), R McCormack
Subs not used: M Brown, A Cairns, S Warnock, M Tonge

Form Guide

Leeds United (P6, W4, D0, L2)

07/12/13 – Championship – Blackburn (A) L1-0
23/11/13 – Championship – Middlesbrough (H) W2-1
09/11/13 – Championship – Charlton (A) W2-4
02/11/13 – Championship – Yeovil (H) W2-0
26/10/13 – Championship – Huddersfield (A) L3-2
20/10/13 – Championship – Birmingham (H) W4-0

Wigan Athletic (P6, W2, D0, L4)

01/12/13 – Championship – Derby (H) L1-3
28/11/13 – Europa League – Zulte Waregem (H) L1-2
23/11/13 – Championship – Brighton (H) L0-1
10/11/13 – Championship – Yeovil (A) W0-1
07/11/13 – Europa League – Rubin Kazan (A) L1-0
02/11/13 – Championship – Huddersfield (H) W2-1

Follow the game LIVE

You can listen to full match commentary from Elland Road on Latics Player with the build up getting underway from 7pm.  There'll also be minute by minute updates on our FREE NEW INTERACTIVE SERVICE "THE WALL".  Get involved by posting your comments as the action unfolds as our club journalist Nick Taylor describes the action as it happens. [Click here] to get involved on THE WALL now.

If you're out and about there'll be goal and major incident updates via our social channels on Facebook and Twitter, follow our Instagram channel to get  look at some of the images from behind the scenes at the game.

Match Officials

Referee:  Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees:  Barry Holderness & Grant Taylor
Fourth Official:  Gary Jerden

The game will be referee Scott Duncan’s fifth Championship game and 15th game in total this season in which the Northumberland based official has dished out a total of 31 yellow cards without any dismissals.

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