2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 42 – Sunday

Wigan Athletic welcome Norwich City to the DW Stadium for a huge Sky Bet Championship clash, with ratifications at both ends of the table. 

Victory for Norwich will see them re-open their six point lead over Leeds United at the top, whilst Wigan can move three points clear of the drop if continue their improved home form.

Team news

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Wigan are expected to have midfielder, Nick Powell available after he was subbed at half-time in midweek due to a fitness concern. 

Gary Roberts (calf) and Callum McManaman (hernia) are sidelined whilst Michael Jacobs is out until next season with a hamstring injury. 

Emiliano Buendia is out for Norwich as he serves the second of a three match suspension, having seen red last weekend for a reckless challenge against QPR. 

Marco Stiepermann however is available after overcoming a slight knock alongside Louis Thompson, who returns from a knee injury. 

Striker, Carlton Morris is continuing with his rehabilitation from his own ankle injury so is ruled out until further notice. 

 

Form

Wigan arrive here with five points from their last seven games, although five of those matches came away from the DW Stadium. 

The Latics however are unbeaten in their last seven at home with four draws and three wins. Of those four draws, three finished goalless whilst Ipswich held them to an one-all draw. 

Norwich enter this game off the back of a midweek 2-2 draw with Reading, ending a eight match winning run during which they won their last four away games. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Wigan have won just one of last five meetings with Norwich, which all came in the Championship (W1, D1, L3). 
  • Three of last five meetings have finished 1-0 with Norwich the winning team on two occasions to Wigan’s one. 
  • Reading’s 97th minute equaliser in midweek was the first time in 15 matches that Norwich had conceded in injury time, losing 4-3 to Derby at end of December. 

 

Prediction

After an uncharacteristically leaky performance in midweek, I am expecting a strong response from Norwich here. 

Wigan however are quite difficult to beat at home so will pose a stern threat, but Norwich should have enough quality to find a way past them and move closer to promotion. 

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-2 Norwich City

Result: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Norwich City

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