Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Burnley

Ben Hoskins

One of the seasons pace setters are the guest of Wigan Athletic today. Burnley have surprised everyone this season, even there own fans, has they have won games, and kept themselves in the upper reaches of the Championship table. This won't be an easy game.

When the bookies listed their title contenders Burnley would have been a team in the middle order in terms of the odds they were given. Yet a mixture of hard work, organization and two goalscorers up front have meant that Burnley are keeping themselves in the top three and in with a chance of automatic promotion.

The recent form for Burnley has been fairly mixed. The past five games have seen them lose once, draw twice and win twice. Deciding how Burnley will play against us is hard to say off the back of that recent form. Wigan's form since Uwe Rosler took over has been good, two wins and a draw even after a poor performance on Boxing Day against Birmingham City.

If Wigan hope to get a win today then they will have to step up their game and score some goals. The whole Wigan team has only scored 24 goals. Both Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have scored 26 between them this season, shows the need for Wigan to buy a goalscoring striker or for Grant Holt to find the net.

I would expect Rosler to make changes for the game today. With Thomas Rogne injured and Jean Beausejour now banned; Wigan are running thin on options. We do have Ben Watson returning to action today from suspension, after a one game ban for five yellow cards.

Burnley have no new injuries worries with only Ross Wallace being the only injured player at the Clarets. Sean Dyche having a full squad to choose from as Burnley try to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day. They now sit second two points behind Leicester City.

Burnley will be coming at us today, hopefully leaving a few gaps behind them so we can sneak in and get a few goals.

Keep the Faith!

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