Wigan take on Leeds at the DW Stadium this lunchtime with both sides looking to end the season on a positive note after disappointing Championship campaigns (KO 12:00).
With no less than twelve fixtures from the Championship this lunchtime.
Whilst others in the league will be hoping to come away with something celebrate in the final games of the season, or already celebrating either their success or relief, there is likely to be a much more solemn atmosphere surrounding this game, as ultimately both Leeds United and Wigan Athletic have reason to feel aggrieved.
Ultimately, its a sadder day for Wigan, as the former Premier League side have slowly but surely gone backwards in recent years.
Since their relegation from the Premier League in 2013, Wigan have slipped all the way down to League one, and with their hopes having been revived last year with their promotion back to the campaign, Wigan fans will once again be feeling down with their team having been relegated back to the 3rd tier of English football once more.
Looking at Leeds on the other hand, although they will still be in the Championship next season, their fans will also be feeling ‘what could have been’, with the Lilywhites having thrown away a chance of being in the playoffs at the seasons end, slipping out of the top 6 due to their poor form in recent weeks, much to the the delight of Fulham, who now occupy that final playoff spot in the Championship.
Many thought it was certain that Garry Monk and co. would secure a position in the top 6, even despite their over achievements, as the side had occupied the 3rd place position for much of this season.
However, it wasn’t meant to be after only one victory in the last seven in the Championship and they’re now destined to spend next year once again the the second tier of English football.
The Whites certainly have shown their quality during the season, and with a summer transfer window, they can be considered promotion contenders next year – not all doom and gloom after all, despite the disappointment.
Much will depend on whether Garry Monk remains at the club, and for this game at least, the ex Swansea man will be in charge.
Despite their disappointment and recent form, Leeds still look very backable at a decent price of 9/5, considering they do come up against an appalling Wigan outfit, which has the second worst home record in the Championship.
Its been a difficult season for Latics fans, with a lengthy injury list and little investment into the side putting pay to their Championship chances this year.
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