Another away day, another defeat. As a general rule of thumb, form stats are for slow days on sky sports news, but here goes. Wigan Athletic; best home form in the league, bar none, three points from seven games away from home.
Now I’m no statistician as previously stated, but it seems like a pretty precarious position to me because one of two things has got to give at some point. Either the Latic’s away form picks up and we become genuine promotion contenders, or, and this is the more probable of the two for a newly promoted side, the home form slips and we end up scrapping in the mudbath that is the lower ends of the English second tier.
A pretty disastrous Josh Windass penalty was the game changer on a Tuesday night at the Den where the Tics were turned over 2-1. The striker has looked good in recent games, and Grigg is still out with injury so it’s unlikely that it will cost him his place. The real selection headache comes in midfield where Lee Evans and Darron Gibson will both be ineligible, the former because of a game against his parent club and the latter will serve the last of a three game suspension. Callum Conolly, who hasn’t been great this season might be the only option to fill in next captain Sam Morsy.
Saturday could also see the return of Anthonee Robinson at left-back, Dan Burn has been covering the role for the apparently fatigued USA international. Nick Powell was another rested for the Millwall clash but will more than likely feature against a strong Sheffield United side. The visitors were one of the league’s in form sides previous to the international break but are yet to win since, losing to Derby and drawing away against Stoke.
Predicted Wigan XI:
James Dunkley Burn Robinson
Roberts Powell Byrne
Sheffield United 2-0 Wigan
After two defeats on the road against sides in the bottom three, it’s hard to see us turning our poor away form around against promotion candidates like the Blades, who will be desperate to rediscover their pre-international break form and get back to the top of the table, stranger things have happened though.
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