Considering the fact that Wigan were playing Premiership football last term, most people were expecting the Latics to be one of the main challengers for promotion this year. However, it’s actually their Lancashire rivals who are in pole position for a top flight surge, with Burnley approaching the clash sat in 2nd spot. Wigan meanwhile, are all the way down in 13th.
Still, despite Wigan’s lowly position, a lot of supporters are optimistic that their side can make a late push and at least be involved in the playoffs this term. The appointment of Uwe Rosler has prompted renewed optimism for all concerned, with the former Brentford manager masterminding seven points from a possible nine following his appointment. In fact, that tally really should be even better, after the Latics were leading 1-0 in their game against Sheffield Wednesday that was postponed mid-way through the second half. Such results mean that the club are six points away from the top six and it will be interesting to see just they fare in the second half of the campaign.
Burnley on the other hand might be a little concerned at just how their campaign is shaping up. Such a statement might seem bizarre considering the Clarets’ lofty position, but when you look at their recent form it’s clear that improvements need to be made if they are to sustain their promotion push. The Turf Moor outfit have won just two of their last ten games and you have to look back all the way to mid-October to find their last away victory. Still, let’s not make this preview too negative, the Clarets sit in 2nd position and they could top the table with the right set of results this weekend.
Wigan approach the fixture with plenty of injuries to content with, with Thomas Rogne, Scott Carson, Nick Powell and Emmerson Boyce all on the treatment table. Jean Beausejour is another absentee as a suspension keeps him out, although there is better news in relation to Ben Watson who returns after completing a ban of his own. There’s little to report for the visitors meanwhile, with Burnley having no fresh concerns. However, there are suspicions that Keith Treacy may have earned a start, following several impressive substitute appearances over the last few weeks.
The league positions may suggest that Burnley should be firm favourites, but our tip is going to be a Wigan victory this Sunday. The Latics have embarked on a terrific run of form since Uwe Rosler’s arrival and with Burnley struggling for victories, most notably on the road, we think Rosler’s men have the perfect opportunity to record a win over their Lancashire rivals. With that, we’ll tip a 1-0 win for Wigan.