LEEDS TRAVEL TO WIGAN WITH PLAY-OFF HOPES DASHED

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.

Garry Monk’s men have nothing to play for now, but will he be at Elland Road next year.

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.



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