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Match Preview – Wigan Athletic v Leicester City



Leicester head to the DW Stadium for tonight’s highly anticipated Skybet Championship fixture knowing they are in pole position to make a return to the Premier League.

However, the Foxes will come up against an ever improving Wigan Athletic side, who themselves are in contention for a play off place.

Wigan themselves will be looking to get back to winning ways, following a 1- draw away at Bolton Wanderers, as Nick Powell lashed home a last minute equaliser, before Jordi Gomez saw his penalty saved in a thriller at the Reebok.

Leicester are top of the table

Leicester are top of the table

Rosler’s side have won just one of their last four games, as they look to close in on a guaranteed play off position, with just seven fixtures left.

The German manager has certainly turned Wigan around, losing just three games since taking charge back in December, following the sacking of Owen Coyle.

The former Manchester City favourite has also took the Latics to an FA Cup Semi Final, where Arsenal await at Wembley.

However, the promotion chasing  Latics will be without Chile international Jean Beausejour for the clash against the League leaders.

The winger was booked in the draw at Bolton Wanderers, and starts an automatic two game suspension.

Meanwhile in the Wigan camp, Rosler can call upon Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell, who could return after long term injuries.

Wigan will look to Nick Powell, who has scored 12 League goals this season, to lead their attack, as the FA Cup holders look to hold down a play off place.

Chris McCann (knee) and Ben Watson (broken leg) both remain out indefinitely.

The Latics will be hoping to keep their superb form at the DW going, having not lost in 11 games on their home patch, their last defeat came in December, in  3-1 defeat at home to Derby County.

Martyn Waghorn is also to face his parent club, so Rosler may have a selection problem to contend with against the Foxes.

Leicester head into the game needing just SIX points for promotion, and guaranteeing a return to the Premier League, after a brilliant season for Nigel Pearson’s men.

The Foxes have been formidable, and are currently unbeaten in nineteen Skybet Championship games, as they look to return to the top flight for the first time in exactly ten years.

And Leicester now sit fifteen points clear of third placed Queens Park Rangers, having not lost since the 3-1 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion in early December.

These results have seen Nigel Pearson’s men deservedly runaway  with the League, with Pearson getting the perfect blend of youth and experience in his squad.

Leicester have also been formidable in-front of goal this year, having scored 72 League goals.

The table topping Foxes will be without striker Jamie Vardy, who limped off in the superb 2-0 win at Burnley, therefore Chris Wood, who scored during the game, will presumably start in the former Fleetwood Town  striker’s place.

New Zealand born Wood will partner David Nugent up-front, with Nugent netting 20 League goals to date in a brilliant season for the much travelled striker.

Former Preston man Sean St Ledger is also set to start, following a long term injury lay off.

Leicester will be looking to keep their impressive away form, having won 12 of 19 games on the road.

By Ben Reardon


ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Match Preview – Wigan Athletic v Leicester City

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