Wigan face trip to Portman Road

Jordan Mansfield

I preview Wigan's visit to Portman Road to take on Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town.

Last time goals from Nick Powell and Ryan Shotton gave Wigan all 3 points after a fine performance from Scott Carson kept The Tractor Boys at bay. It was Owen Coyle's third league win of the season firing Wigan up to 11th. However this time round things are lot tighter in the hunt for a top 6 place. Wigan find themselves in the best position out of the teams who are in the hunt for the play-offs. Lying in 7th level with reading and only 1 point beind 5th placed Nottingham Forest, Uwe Rosler's side kept the pressure on the likes of Reading, QPR and Nottingham Forest with the 1-0 on Wednesday night against Stuart Gray's Sheffield Wednesday. With at least 1 game in hand on the teams around them, Wigan will look to keep the pressure on the pack and hope for slip ups from their rivals. The Championship's inform team have won their last 7 games in all competitions with scalps over Forest and Manchester City during that period. Having only lost 2 of their last 20 games since the German took over and won 5 straight games away from home, Uwe Rosler will surely enjoy another trip on the road given his teams recent turn in form on their travels. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich meanwhile still remain in the playoff hunt finding themselves in 9th 4 points off the top 6, the former Wolves man has turned the Tractor Boys round since taking over in the early stages of last season. Ipswich have won 2 of their last 3 and have an impressive record at home of late, unbeaten in 4 conceding 0 but The Tractor Boys have dropped a record 25 points from winning positions (more than any other team in the Championship). Team News: Ipswich- Mick McCarthy could name an unchanged squad from last week's victory at Yeovil Town although Frank Nouble could be sidelined with a hamstring problem> Anthony Wordsworth and top-scorer David McGoldrick are set to miss out with back and knee problems respectively. Wigan- Nick Powell who returned from the bench on Wednesday could be set for his first start since January after overcoming a hamstring problem. Both Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell featured for the development squad during the week signalling they are nearing return after lengthy absences. This game will be a difficult one for Uwe Rosler to weigh up with a 4th trip to Wembley on the cards and a busy league schedule to come, he will have find the balance between strength of his first team and resting his key players who possibly have played 3 games in under a week. Mick McCarthy will want continue his sides' impressive home record this season and further push on for a slight punt at the playoffs. Odds: Ipswich: 9/5 Draw: 11/5 Wigan: 6/4 (fav) Pick: Wigan 3-0 @ 30/1 Prediction: 2-0 Other Fixtures: Bolton vs Brighton Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough Burnley vs Leeds Huddersfield vs Blackburn Leicester vs Blackpool Millwall vs Charlton Forest vs Doncaster QPR vs Yeovil Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham Reading vs Derby Watford vs Barnsley

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