From a traditional perspective, Wigan have held a much loftier status than opponents Huddersfield over the last few years. However, this campaign appears to be different and while Huddersfield certainly aren’t pulling up any trees as they reside in 17th spot, they are in a much more comfortable position than the Latics who are fighting for their lives in 23rd.
It was about twelve months ago that Wigan seemed to be experiencing a revival, with Uwe Rosler taking the reins and leading the Latics up the table at a surging rate. Having also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, the future was looking up, but for some reason or another the wheels came falling off. Their form took a tumble for the last handful of games of last season and this continued into the current campaign. It’s left Wigan in an extremely precarious position and with the club already five points adrift of safety, the results this weekend could shape their season. Additionally, supporters have little reason to hold much faith in recently installed manager Malky Mackay, with the club currently on a run which has seen them win just one of their last five. This win happens to be their only one since October – which highlights the severity of their problems.
Huddersfield meanwhile have experienced a mixed campaign and while the Terriers look on-course to remain in the division following a points haul of 31, it looks as though it will still be a bottom half finish for Chris Powell’s men. Consistency is clearly the problem with this team as well, with the John Smiths Stadium outfit approaching this match having won two and lost two of their last four games. Having failed to win in their last eight matches on the road though, some fans might be concerned at just what Saturday might bring.
As for team news, Wigan are expected to name Callum McManaman in the squad after he completed his three-match suspension. Don Cowie is another player who could return after recovering from a calf problem, but there won’t be a place for Ivan Ramis who is absent because of an ankle injury. Huddersfield meanwhile made some transfer headway this week after securing the signature of David Edgar. He will likely go straight into Chris Powell’s starting eleven, but there won’t be a place for James Vaughan who has a fractured cheekbone.
In terms of a prediction, we think this could be a rare victory for Malky Mackay’s side. They’ve not had the rub of the green over recent months, but when you look at Huddersfield’s away form it’s difficult to see just how they will take anything out of the game. Bearing this in mind, our tip is a 2-1 victory for the Latics.