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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Leeds United

The games just got serious. After back to back wins the team are now in the hunt for survival. Today's opponents are starting to pull away from the bottom three; we need a win to keep them close to us.

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After what has to be pinpointed as the return of the Wigan Athletic spirit on Wednesday, the club are now back in the hunt for survival. Malcky Mackay's team have managed to find some form, that has coincided with Kim Bo Kyung finding that scoring touch; and what a goal it was against Norwich City!

When talking about the team to play today, you wouldn't expect any changes to the line up. Although in his press conference ahead of the game the gaffer revealed that William Kvist has fought against a hamstring injury and is fit to return today. Would he be likely to come straight into the line up? I wouldn't expect so.

Playing Leeds United tends to be a good game for us, especially at home. Wigan though haven't won a home game since August when we beat Birmingham City 4-0. So this could be exactly the opportunity to get a home win and too start translating our away from to playing at home.

Leeds though have started to build their own form under Neil Redfearn. Since the start of February, and in the seven games since then, the Yorkshire club have picked up 12 points. That puts them on 44 points and into 15th place in the league. That's 13 points above us, and with eleven games to go they may be thinking they are safe.

It is our job to make sure that they know they aren't safe. A win today closes the gap on them, and hopefully on Rotherham United above us.

Going into the game Leeds will likely be on a equal high to us though after beating Ipswich Town 2-1 at Elland Road. The team like ours is unlikely to change. Ruddy Austin who is out with a thigh injury is unlikely to be fit to make the return for today's game.

There is something else going on today we all need to be aware of. Dave Whelan will be addressing the ground before the start of the game after his reign as chairman of the club came to an end this week. It will be of course an emotional day for Mr Whelan as he attends a game at the club since 1995 not being in control.

Let's hope the players can give him a proper send off.