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PREVIEW: LATICS V LEICESTER

PUBLISHED

16:00 1st April 2014

by Stewart Frodsham

Latics prepare for the visit of the league leaders to the DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic v Leicester City
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 1 April 2014, kick off 7.45pm
DW Stadium

Match Preview


The league leaders are the visitors to the DW Stadium this Tuesday night with both teams chasing all three points as the race for promotion to the Premier League hots up.  Leicester City are closing in on sealing promotion to the Premier League while Latics are looking to further cement a play-off position.

Leicester arrive in Wigan having opened up the gap between themselves and nearest challengers Burnley with a 2-0 win at Turfmoor on Saturday. Meanwhile Latics battled for a point at the Reebok Stadium, the lacklustre display could have reaped all three points however but for a 95th minute penalty save by Adam Bogdan.

Latics are without Jean Beausejour who serves the first of a two-match suspension for amassing ten yellow cards. Martyn Waghorn is ineligible as per the terms of his loan. Chris McCann and Ben Watson remain sidelined but everybody else is available for selection.

Leicester are waiting on striker Jamie Vardy who limped out of the win over Burnley with a groin injury.

Chris Wood may start in his place while Sean St Ledger and Tom Hopper are available after injury.
Defender Zoumana Bakayogo, who is out for the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, is the visitors' only long-term absentee.

Head to Head

This will be only the fourth competitive meeting between the two team, both teams have won one game with one draw. [Click here] for the full head to head record.

Stats – Something’s Got To Give


Wigan are unbeaten in their last 11 home games in all competitions, winning seven. Their last home defeat was 3-1 against Derby in the Championship at the start of December. But Leicester have the best away record in the division having won 12 of their 19 games played away from the Kingpower Stadium.

Form Guide

Wigan Athletic (P6, W3, D2, L1)

Sat 29 Mar – Championship – Bolton (A) – D1-1
Tue 25 Mar – Championship – QPR (A) – L1-0
Sat 22 Mar – Championship – Watford (H) – W2-1
Tue 18 Mar – Championship – Yeovil (H) – D3-3
Sat 15 Mar – Championship – Ipswich (A) – W1-3
Wed 12 Mar – Championship – Sheff Wed (H) – W1-0

Leicester City (P6, W4, D2, L0)

Sat 29 Mar – Championship – Burnley (A) – W0-2
Tue 25 Mar – Championship – Yeovil (H) – D1-1
Sat 22 Mar – Championship – Blackburn (A) – D1-1
Sat 15 Mar – Championship – Blackpool (H) – W3-1
Tue 11 Mar – Championship – Barnsley (A) – W0-3
Sat 01 Mar – Championship – Charlton (H) – W3-0

Last League Line Ups


Wigan Athletic (v Bolton Wanderers [A] D1-1): A Al Habsi, L Barnett yellow card, J Perch, E Boyce, J Beausejour yellow card, M Waghorn yellow card, J Gomez, J McArthur (N Powell, 70), J McClean (C McManaman, 45), R Tunnicliffe (J Collison, 58), M Fortune.
Subs not used: I Ramis, N Maynard, R Kiernan, L Nicholls.

Leicester City (v Burnley [A] W0-2): K Schmeichel, W Morgan, M Wasilewski, R de Laet, J Schlupp, R Mahrez (D Hammond, 88), D Drinkwater, M James, A Knockaert, J Vardy (C Wood, 34), D Nugent (G Taylor-Fletcher, 72).
Subs not used: C Logan, L Moore, A King, L Dyer

Match Officials

Referee - Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referee 1 - Constantine Hatzidakis
Assistant Referee 2 - Andy Hendley
Fourth Official - Neil Swarbrick
Assessor - Ian Blanchard


 

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