Friday 19 April: 3pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Leeds United are closing in on promotion back to the Premier League. They look to win another home game and will be hoping Sheffield United drop points earlier on Friday. Wigan Athletic head to Elland Road hoping to avoid yet another away defeat as they battle relegation.
It was in the 2003/04 season that Leeds United last played in the Premier League. They’ve been trying to regain their position in the top-flight ever since but it’s been a struggle. Not since 2006 have United even made the play-offs but with four games to go in this season, they are second in the table, three points clear of third-placed Sheffield United.
Leeds are only four points behind league leaders Norwich City and 11/2 (6.5) at Betfair to win the Championship title. You can get odds of 1/4 (1.25) at Unibet on them being promoted this season.
Eyes will be on the Friday lunchtime kick-off as Sheffield United host Nottingham Forest. A win for United (8/15 (1.52) if placing your bet with BetVictor) will take them back into the second and final automatic promotion place. Anything less than a win will see Leeds United being given a golden chance to extend their lead over the Blades.
Leeds United have won their last two league games and home form is strong with five victories from the last six games. They have the best home record in the Championship and will be confident of earning three points against a team that have an appalling away record. The odds on them beating Wigan Athletic are 2/5 (1.4) at Black Type.
If the year ends in an odd number it’s not usually good news for Wigan Athletic in terms of league football. 2013 saw them relegated from the Premier League and in both 2015 and 2017 they went down from the Championship to League One. Fast forward to 2019 and they are again in relegation trouble.
Wigan drew 1-1 at home with league leaders Norwich City last weekend and that took them two points clear of the bottom three. They are 6/1 (7.0) at Paddy Power to be relegated to League One this season.
The problem Wigan has is that they just can’t get results on their league travels. Just one away victory in the Championship this season and that was on August 22 last year when winning at Stoke City. Since then they have played 19 games and managed to earn just four points. That’s compared to a total of 35 points from their home games. But for their good home form, they’d have been relegated already.
Wigan have lost four of their last five away league matches and conceded at least two goals in each of them. Coral will give you 4/9 (1.44) on Leeds scoring at least twice in this game. The visitors still have two home games to play so will be pinning their survival hopes on those matches against Preston North End and Millwall. Three points at Elland Road would be useful though and it’s 8/1 (9.0) at Betfred that Wigan have a very Good Friday and win this match
Leeds United are unbeaten in their last four games against Wigan Athletic. Only one of their five home games against Wigan has ended in victory for them. Two of the last three meetings have been drawn and it’s 4/1 (5.0) a Betway that this game ends all-square.
Leeds United are likely to be wihout their captain Liam Cooper for this game.
James to the Rescue
Reece James has only scored three goals for Wigan Athletic this season but two have come in their last three games. He’s 6/1 (7.0) at Ladbrokes to score in this game.
Over 2.5 Goals Likely
The last five Wigan away league games have all seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. The same stat has come up in five of the last seven Leeds home matches. The odds of this game having over 2.5 goals score are 4/6 (1.66) if going to William Hill to place your bet.
Leeds United are closing in on promotion and this game is a great chance to get three points closer to that aim. They are strong at home, while their opponents are appalling on their travels. A bet on Leeds United to win with over 2.5 goals scored is 1/1 (2.0) at Paddy Power.