EFL: Wigan vs SCFC



Wigan 19:45 Stoke 

The two teams battle to ensure their safety as they face off on Tuesday when Stoke City arrives at the DW Stadium to take over Wigan Athletic. 


Wigan are currently 5 points behind the red light group, while Stoke is 3 points behind Latics and only 1 point behind the dangerous area after 39 matches.

Wigan continued their formidable form with a 2-0 win over hopes of promoting Blackburn Rovers on Saturday - the result that made them further away from the relegation zone at this important stage of the campaign. Late goals from substitutes Lee Evans and Michael Jacobs have extended Wigan's unbeaten run to eight matches and maintained a 100% record since the tournament resumed between the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, Paul Cook's team has gone through 6 matches without conceding and of course there is still the league for the 3rd consecutive season. The three teams above Wigan in Birmingham City, Reading and Queens Park Rangers all failed in the previous round, and winning against Stoke this weekend will bring the Latics to the 50-point mark for the season. Cook had no new injury concerns during his midweek clash with Stoke, Chey Dunkley is unlikely to play again this season with a broken leg, but Gavin Massey and Gary Roberts have the chance to get involved after missing out on victory over Blackburn. Evans and Jacobs are both promoting roles that begin to follow their goals over time, while Leon Balogun is an unused substitute over the weekend.

Stoke's hope of survival was dealt a blow when they lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough at home. Stoke's 5-match unbeaten match ended and left Potters standing on the red light area. To add insult to injury, Michael O'Neill's misery was increased when Nick Powell was sent off after receiving two consecutive yellow cards. Stoke have accumulated 43 points after 39 games this season and O'Neill will be relieved when Huddersfield Town ranked 22, who is only one point behind Potters, suffered a 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. . However, Potters continue to look for the first 3 points since restarting after a 1-1 draw with Reading when the tournament returns, and they have not enjoyed winning their trip since January.


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