Goals, Goals, Goals at Bramall lane saw Wigan heading back to the gung-ho, attacking style that defined the early period of the season. Unfortunately, the Blades were more clinical on the day and just outscored us.
Billy Sharp, as usual, was on the mark against the Latics, claiming a well taken hat-trick. Despite the loss, the performance is certainly more of what fans want to be seeing, better going down 4-2 and being entertained than losing 1-0 every week.
Wigan are in poor form going into the game, though this might just be due to the fact that three of the last four games have been away and Wigan, as a general rule this season, can only win at home. So, all is back to excitement for the visit of a Leeds side that must be thinking ‘here we go again’ as their high-flying start has hit a stumble in recent weeks.
Wigan won League One last season with a much smaller squad but having remained relatively injury free for the majority of the season. In the summer, Paul Cook recruited heavily to reinforce the squad, and it’s a good job he did. The injury list seems to be growing every week for the Latics, key attacking players such as Grigg, Massey, Jacobs and now possibly Nick Powell are to be out for Sunday’s game, as well as Gary Roberts who is still being assessed after leaving the field early at Bramall lane. Returning to the squad, Darron Gibson has served his suspension period and Lee Evans will be back available after the previous game against his parent club.
Leeds also have several notable absences, Izzy Brown continues to recover from an ACL injury and Bamford also continues his recovery. The usually reliable Luke Ayling will also be out for the foreseeable future as he left the field against Nottingham Forest with a Knee injury.
Wigan Predicted XI:
James Dunkley Kipre Burn
Windass Conolly Naismith
Wigan 1-1 Leeds
Niether side are in brilliant form going into this one and with all their injuries, Wigan will happily take a point against the seasons’ early front runners. Leeds will want more than that to keep up with their promotion rivals but wont find it easy against a side with such a formidable home record.
Picture Credit: Wigan Athletic