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: EFL Championship
Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan
Date: Saturday, 08 February 2020
Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football
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:
🗞️ TEAM NEWS | One change for Latics against @pnefc, with Jamal Lowe in for Gavin Massey from last weekend's victory over Leeds United.
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 8, 2020
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Confirmed Preston line-up:
📋 TEAM NEWS: Your #pnefc team for today…👇
Two changes from the draw with Swansea City as Andrew Hughes returns from injury and Sean Maguire returns to the starting Xl! 💪
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) February 8, 2020
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.