Wigan fans do love a Lancy derby. The club with no fans will take over 3,500 to Deepdale come Saturday and will be expecting a bit of away day redemption against a more local team. Wigan have struggled on the road this season, particularly when travelling down south having lost games at QPR, Norwich, Brentford and Aston Villa thus far. Their only away victory came against Stoke, which is the closest away day the Latics have faced so far.
Both sides go into the game following draws against teams that would have been promotion favourites at the beginning of the season. Preston had a midweek thriller at Villa park in a game that they could easily have won or lost near the end as Villa missed a last-ditch penalty, the score finishing 3-3. In stark contrast, the visit of Swansea the DW came to a blank as both sides played some slick passing football but squandered chances.
Will Grigg was the man most guilty of this for Wigan as he failed to convert a clear cut one-on-one. The striker has been returning slowly from an injury but will surely be back in contention for a starting place after playing half an hour against the Swans.
Nick Powell captained the Latics in his 200th league appearance, replacing the injured Sam Morsy. The Egyptian is expected to return to the squad though with assistant coach Leam Richardson claiming it was nothing serious and the decision to err on the side of caution was down to Morsy having had such a short break after the world cup. Christian Walton and Chey Dunkley were both outstanding last time out and deserve a special mention for their performance.
Predicted Wigan XI:
James Dunkley Kipre Robinson
Preston 0-1 Wigan
This could be a really scrappy derby match, but Wigan are looking solid at the back in recent games having not conceded from open play in their last three.
I would like to think that we have enough going forward to nick it (no pun intended) against a struggling, bottom place, Preston North End. Anything can happen in these games though and it will be important to keep our heads.
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