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Wigan travel to Brighton

I preview Wigan's long trip south to face Oscar Garcia's Brighton.

Tom Dulat

Last time out, Wigan disappointingly lost out to the Seagulls 1-0 in which turned out to be Owen Coyle's penultimate league game in charge of Wigan, After dominating large spells of the game, lack of finishing cost Wigan dearly as Grant Holt missed a 1 on 1 with Tomasz Kuszczak shortly beforw Andrew Crofts claimed all 3 points for the South coast side.

This is a key game for both sides as the teams both find themselves on 46 points with 30 games played with only goals scored placing Wigan 7th and Brighton 8th. Wigan have won 7 of their last 12 league games only losing on 2 occasions, Uwe Rosler will hope to claim 3 points here to close down on a place in the top 6 and create some space between them and the chasing pack. Latics' away form has improved in the last two trips winning both at Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday also after coming off a comfortable 2-0 win against strugglers Barnsley, confidence will still be high in high in the Wigan camp hoping to send the 700 supporters who have made the trip down to the South Coast home happy. Last time at Brighton Latics claimed their only victory away to the Seagulls 4-2 in 2005 however Brighton have won the other 4 meetings at home.

Meanwhile Brighton are in a very similar position to Wigan, having won their last two league games previously winning none of their last 3, Oscar Garcia will hope to make it 3 league games on the bounce also holding an impressive home record being unbeaten in their last 8. A win for either side will see them go 3 points clear of the other and maybe close the gap on the top 6 specifically Reading who are 4 points clear of today's teams having played 1 more game.

Team News:

Brighton- Leonardo Ulloa is available along with Keith Andrews after calf and hamstring injuries. Otherwise there is no new team news for Oscar Garcia.

Wigan - Ben Watson suffered a broken leg in the 2-0 win against Barnsley, Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney remained sdielined although Callum McManaman will return. Nick Powell still remains doubtful.

Odds: (Paddy Power)

Brighton- 5/4 (fav)

Draw- 23/10

Wigan- 21/10

Pick- HT/FT Brighton/Wigan @ 35/1

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Wigan Athletic

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