By Kane Styles
Already-relegated Wigan Athletic play host to Leeds United, with both sides playing for a matter of pride, with both of their fates effectively sealed.
After Leeds United dropped points at home to Norwich last Saturday, drawing 3-3, it left them three points adrift of Fulham with a significantly lower goal difference, condemning them to an eighth consecutive Championship campaign. Monk’s men have 74 points with a goal difference of +14, in comparison to sixth-placed Fulham having 77 points with a superior goal difference of +27.
Nevertheless, Leeds will be backed with 5,000 travelling supporters at the game all of which will agree that the club has had a fantastic season and have rallied under Gary Monk. Despite it being a successful season (the best since Leeds regained their Championship status) there has been whispers that owner Massimo Celino could axe Monk due to the play-off push falling short. A choice which would be a very unpopular one amongst the Leeds faithful.
Wigan, on the other hand, have 43 points and will be relegated after just one-season back in the Championship after winning promotion last term. Wigan won’t be fielding a weakened side, manager Graham Barrow is looking for ‘a response’ and won’t be treating it as a nothing-to-play-for-game.
Leeds will be without Pontus Jansson for the trip to Lancashire, the Swede has picked up 15 yellow cards this season and will serve a three-match-ban. Liam Bridcutt is also a doubt with his Achilles injury, he will face a late fitness test.