It was only a couple of years ago that two divisions separated these two outfits, although it would certainly be fair to say that things are much more evenly matched now. Just six points separate both clubs in the division and particularly in the case of Wigan who sit in 10th spot, the importance of picking up points at this stage of the campaign is undeniable if the playoffs are being targeted.
With ten points separating home outfit Huddersfield from the bottom three, there’s no doubt that relegation looks well and truly off the agenda this time around. In fact, if the average survival points total is to be taken into account, you’d assume that they’d need just five wins to guarantee their divisional status. However, considering the amount of money Mark Robins has spent, this definitely won’t be his objective. Town have spent millions of pounds in transfer fees over the last year and they should theoretically be recording a much more consistent set of results. In fact, if we take a look at their form through 2014, it’s been poor to say the least. Their recent 5-1 defeat to Leeds unsurprisingly raised a few eyebrows, yet that has contributed to a run of four straight defeats. Having also lost four of their last five in the Championship, it will be interesting to see how the Terriers fare now they are back on their own territory where they have been largely impressive this season.
Wigan won’t have any intention of looking over their shoulders on the other hand. The Latics may have been languishing in the bottom regions of the table for most of the season, but since Uwe Rosler’s arrival they have been transformed. Seven points separate them from the top six but when you consider the fact they have two games in hand, it’s definitely a figure that can be made up. Since Rosler’s arrival they’ve lost just one game, and since that 3-0 defeat to Doncaster they have proceeded to win two and draw one of three games. As such, they seem to be over the worst, and must surely be setting their sights on a playoff position.
Huddersfield will approach this game sweating on the fitness of James Vaughan, with the top scorer still struggling with a knee problem. It gets better for Mark Robins in other areas though, with Adam Hammill and Jonathan Hogg both expected to be included following spells on the treatment table. Wigan meanwhile could hand a debut to Martyn Waghorn, after he recently joined the club on loan. However, Ivan Ramis and Markus Holgersson are unlikely to feature, with both players on the sidelines and not yet ready for first team action.
Huddersfield are by no means one of the division’s so-called ‘easy’ opponents, but Wigan will see this as the perfect opportunity to accumulate three more points. The Latics are in decent form and when you consider the struggles that Huddersfield have experienced recently, our tip will be a 2-1 victory for the DW Stadium outfit.