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Wigan v Sheffield Wedneday: The Preview

Friday 3rd February 2017
Relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic will be taking it game by game at this stage of the season, with them sitting in the relegation zone by just three points. At the complete opposite end of the scale, are promotion hunting Sheffield Wednesday, currently seventh by just 5 goals. It will certainly be an interesting game, live on Sky Sports 1 at 7:00pm.

A win tonight will push Wigan up and out of the relegation zone on goal difference, but most importantly with still a game in hand over the team one place above them, Burton Albion. With many expecting an immediate return to League One for Burton, Wigan fans may be optimistic about their chances of survival by May. Whilst Wigan do not score as often as they would like, they certainly do not leak as many goals as others in and around them. They have conceded just 32 goals in 27 games this season, a vastly different picture when you compare that with bottom side Rotherham who have let in an astonishing 63 goals in 29 goals.

The Latic's manager, Warren Joyce, may set his team up to defend but it may just work come the end of the season, and hopefully fans can understand what Joyce is trying to do with his limited resources available to him. With a dismal record of 24 goals in 27 games, it is a little confusing as to why Sky Sports have chosen to broadcast this live on a Friday night. They must be banking on yet another surprise in this season's Championship. Despite Wigan frontman, Will Grigg, known more for his viral chant by Wigan and Northern Irish fans instead of his footballing talent, as the club's top goal scorer he will be keen to add to his mediocre total of 5 championship goals this season.

The Yorkshire visitors will be travelling to the DW stadium knowing that three points will not only keep their promotion hopes alive, but will put them in a dominant position with teams chasing them with the remaining fixtures to be played tomorrow. With Wednesday picking up just 6 points in their last 6 games they will certainly be looking to pay amends with a full three points tonight. They were unlucky on Tuesday night to suffer a 2-2 draw to Bristol City, after statistically dominating the game.

Carlos Carvalhal looks to be a good suit for the Owls with them competing with the ‘big boys' in the Championship, leaving the likes of Fulham, Birmingham, Villa and Wolves in their wake. Fans are optimistic that he can at least get them into the play offs, but more so hoping for a return to the top flight after a 16-year absence - it would certainly be an achievement if they could get up there. Wednesday will be hoping that eccentric midfielder, Fernando Forestieri, can make the difference from midfield, with the Premier League experienced midfielder chipping in with a goal in midweek, against Bristol City.

Carvalhal made arguably the best Championship deadline-day signing, in Jordan Rhodes. The ex-Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Huddersfield frontman will be key to their game tonight, possibly entering the fray from the bench. He has a keen eye for goal and will nearly always put the ball in the back of the net, even if it isn't the prettiest of goals, Rhodes is an instinct striker.

Hopefully, the live televised game will be a spectacular one as two teams at the opposite end of the table go head-to-head in a crucial game for both sides.  
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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