Leeds United and Wigan Athletic head into this match with very different priorities heading into the final 12 weeks of the season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side beat Millwall in a five-goal thriller to pick up a vital win and end a poor run of results that had threatened to derail the Yorkshire club’s promotion hopes.
Likewise, Wigan’s 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday breathed life back into their relegation fight, moving them to within four points of safety.
Leeds will hope the Millwall result will be the start of another positive run of form, but Wigan, under the management of Paul Cook, will not make it easy for them.
Read on for previews, predictions, TV info, live-stream options and possible lineups ahead of the weekend’s action:
When is Leeds Utd vs Wigan Athletic and where can I watch live?
Competition: EFL Championship
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Date: Saturday, 01 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage: This game will not be shown live in the UK, but Australian viewers can tune in to beIN Sports 2.
Live stream options: Australian-based readers can also watch the game online with Kayo, who are hosting beIN Sports 2’s coverage of Leeds v Wigan. New customers find out about how to do so (and the free-trial offer) by following this link.
Last five meetings: Leeds Utd vs Wigan Athletic
18 October 2016: Leeds 1-1 Wigan (EFL Championship)
07 May 2017: Wigan 1-1 Leeds (EFL Championship)
04 November 2018: Wigan 1-2 Leeds (EFL Championship)
19 April 2019: Leeds 1-2 Wigan (EFL Championship)
17 August 2019: Wigan 0-2 Leeds (EFL Championship)
Aggregate Score: Leeds Utd (WLWDD) 7-5 Wigan Athletic (LWLDD)
Ones to watch
Leeds Utd: Luke Ayling
Not many players typify the Bielsa style like Luke Ayling does. The full-back has been a superb player for the club over the last couple of seasons and is a key man if Leeds are to enjoy success.
His GPS stats must be through the roof with the amount of ground he covers on an average matchday, and it is this energy and drive that make Leeds tick.
If he can keep this up heading into the business end of the campaign, then Leeds have a great chance of returning to the Premier League.
Wigan Athletic: Kieffer Moore
Kieffer Moore is more than a target man for Wigan. Like Peter Crouch, his ability on the ball belies his size. A key figure in Barnsley’s promotion campaign in 2018-19, the striker has scored three times and assisted a further two this season for Paul Cook’s side.
His equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday changed the game for Wigan last time out and proved the catalyst for an important comeback victory. He will have a massive say in whether the Latics get out of trouble or sink back into League One.
Confirmed Leeds Utd line-up:
📋 Marcelo keeps the same Starting XI that defeated Millwall 3-2 on Tuesday night, whilst Tyler Roberts and Gaetano Berardi are named on the bench
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 1, 2020
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Confirmed Wigan line-up:
🗞️ TEAM NEWS | Four changes for Latics against Leeds United…
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 1, 2020
With Leeds finding their scoring touch, you’d expect them to beat struggling Wigan, as they did earlier in the campaign during the reverse fixture.
Bielsa’s side will have a lot of the ball but need to make it count, something they have struggled to do in January. They scored more goals against Millwall than they had in their previous three matches combined, which should give them the confidence boost they need to start another winning run.