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Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End preview: live stream, team news, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By James Richards

Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End preview: live stream, team news, predictions & confirmed line-ups

Published: 16:01, 7 February 2020

Wigan Athletic face Preston North End in Saturday’s early kick-off, with the home side coming into this one off the back of a very good week.

Paul Cook’s side have posted back-to-back wins in the Championship for the first time this season after coming from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday, only to then beat Leeds at Elland Road last weekend.

The results have given their survival chances a massive boost, although they face a Preston side who are on a four-match unbeaten run and have not lost an away game in the Championship since 7 December.

It promises to be an intriguing encounter, one that could have an important impact on how both sides finish the campaign.

Check out our preview, predictions, possible line-ups, TV coverage and live stream information ahead of the action:

When is Wigan vs Preston and where can I watch live?

Competition:Β EFL Championship

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan

Date: Saturday, 08 February 2020

Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football

Live stream: Sky Go is your main option if you have a subscription to Sky. If not, consider buying a Now TV pass (or looking into their free trial offer). Readers based in the US can try ESPN+.

Last five meetings: Wigan vs Preston

23 September 2016: Preston 1-0 Wigan (EFL Championship)

18 February 2017: Wigan 0-0 Preston (EFL Championship)

06 October 2018: Preston 4-0 Wigan (EFL Championship)

22 April 2019: Wigan 2-0 Preston (EFL Championship)

10 August 2019: Preston 3-0 Wigan (EFL Championship)

Aggregate Score: Wigan (LWLDL) 2-8 Preston (WLWDW)

Ones to watch

Wigan Athletic: Chey Dunkley

Dunkley was like a man mountain at Elland Road last weekend, an impervious, immovable force of nature, stopping attack after attack from Marcelo Bielsa’s table-toppers.

He has been a terrific signing for Cook’s outfit after coming to the wider attention of the footballing world following an excellent couple of seasons with Oxford United.

The centre-back is in the unusual position of being Wigan’s top-scorer in the Championship this season with five goals in 23 appearances, highlighting his aerial threat from set-pieces. He will be a key man from now until the end of the campaign if Wigan are to avoid relegation to League One.

Key stat: Chey Dunkley has blocked 20 shots in the Championship for Wigan this season, at least seven more than any of his teammates.

Preston: Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is an important player for Alex Neil’s North End. The Jamaican midfielder has been in excellent form this season and currently leads the goalscoring charts for the club with nine strikes in 20 Championship appearances.

The 27-year-old is now in his sixth straight season at Deepdale, raking up 40 goals since first pulling on the white shirt. If Preston are to make the top six, he will be a key figure in making it happen.

Key stat: Daniel Johnson has been directly involved in 13 goals (nine goals and four assists) for Preston this season, more than any other player.

Confirmed Wigan Athletic line-up:

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Confirmed Preston line-up:

Squawka prediction

This one is hard to call. Wigan have picked up nine points from their last five games to pull within just two points of safety and wins over both Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds give them a chance to win three league games on the bounce for the first time since March 2018.

Preston are chasing down a play-off spot but have not had great success against Wigan, last completing a league double over them in 1992-93, so this one has all the hallmarks of being a draw.

Scoreline prediction: Wigan 2-2 Preston