Pontus Jansson seemed miffed at the defeat at Derby on Saturday, so much so that he tweeted saying that Wigan would pay for the defeat. That sort of confidence and passion has connected the player with the Leeds faithful and has helped link the rest of the team and fans too. Let’s hope we do make the Latics pay for Saturday and get back to winning ways.
We have two players who won’t make the game through injury. Captain Liam Bridcutt and Northern Irish winger Stuart Dallas will miss out again and won’t make the trip to Wolves on Saturday either. The big talking point will probably be who starts on the left. Hadi Sacko had a very poor game at Derby but should retain his place, ex-Leeds skipper Stephen Warnock is currently the left-back at Wigan and I fancy Sacko to get the better of him in that dual. I would start Kemar Roofe on the wing and get him running at the Wigan defence, he looked much brighter at Derby and could be key without Dallas for a couple of weeks. I would leave Wood on the bench simply to help him recover, he looked shattered after his New Zealand trip.
Wigan are struggling but at the same time they aren’t leaking goals, their main problem is scoring goals. Will Grigg isn’t on fire by any means and they are finding the step-up difficult. No game at home or away is a banker in the Football League and I think the game will be as tough as the last. We should have enough to take the game to the away side but players will need to start much better than Saturday. If we can get at Wigan early and get on the front foot then the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Eunan O’Kane could really dominate the game.
One To Watch – Nick Powell – Never lived up to his billing at Manchester United but now playing week in week out. Natural talent and likes to get into the box, will need to be picked up when he looks to drift.
Ayling Bartley Jansson Taylor
Sacko Hernandez Roofe