Wigan will host the Norwich Canaries at the close of Matchday 29 with a chance to equalize Blackburn at 22nd in the standings and shorten the distance to their opponents in the fight to keep the race going.
A season not less than expected of the Latics that after having risen to the Championship, when being champions in League One, were aimed at maintaining this same event.
The club’s bet on the winter market has been strong and there are still 6 star signings Matt Gilks, Mikael Mandron, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Byrne, Josh Laurent and Alex Bruce.
Many moves in the mid-season squad can make life difficult for a bettor who might be fooled by the statistics presented so far at the club.
However, Wigan will not be able to count on Nick Powell, Donervon Daniels, Alex Gilbey and Reece James, all of them unavailable due to injury. The club lost several players in this market where they stand out Jordi Gomez and Yanic Wildschut, the latter transferred to Norwich in exchange for 8.2 Million Euros.
With the worst attack of the competition with only 24 goals scored, Wigan seems to have been looking for a scorer and hiring Omar Bogle, who had scored 19 goals at Grimsby, seems to have been the answer.
The need to score at this stage and the attempt to seize the game late can break this offensive weakness, especially with the club playing at home. The recent elimination of Wigan in the FA Cup may still bring some fatigue to this day and the home defeat in the last game against Sheffield Wednesday is also not at all moralizing.
Wigan are trying to change but the truth is that they only have 6 wins in 28 games and only 12 points earned at home.
When we see the performance of this club against teams at the top of the standings we were disappointed with the offensive ability to face these planteis and the 7 games held in this stadium against the top teams in the standings ended without any goal of the Latics.
Warren Joyce also commented on the return of Yanic Wildschut to this stadium, which unexpectedly transferred to Norwich on the last day of transfers in exchange for 8.2 Million Euros, as previously mentioned.
Quote from: Warren Joyce, Wigan Coach
“It will be more complicated for him than for us. Still a week ago he was in our corner fighting for the club and out of nowhere all this happens. Now that he is coming back, it will be up to the fans how they accept his return and it will be up to him to deal with all this psychological pressure.
We can not be affected by anything. We know how long he can be, he is fast and strong and our defenses played against him in practice several times. ”
Norwich come to this day in the 7th position of the Championship with 46 points and is currently fighting for a place in the playoffs to access the Premier League. Winning this day may put some pressure on opponents who have a game in arrears and the Canaries can even end the day matched with Sheffield Wednesday in 6th place with 49 points.
This team meets enough conditions for the climb to the main English competition and were a very consistent team so far. The end of October and the month of November was the black phase of the season that made them 5 consecutive defeats and affected a lot in the fight for the goal, but taking that phase I see enough positives of the Canaries on arrival at this day.
They have the second best attack of the competition, equaled with Barnsley, with 48 goals scored and out of doors, they register a percentage of 73% of games with over 2.5 goals but where they registered 28 conceded goals.
Unlike Wigan, this Norwich had not been so busy in the winter market and saw only Robbie Brady leave for Burnley and Carlton Morris for Rotherham United, only signing Wildschut to Wigan.
For this day, the Canaries will not be able to count on Alex Tettey suspended. James Maddison and Steven Naismith are doubtful and Matt Jarvis is recovering from injury but lacking game pace for not having played this season.
This Norwich team is very focused on the attack and is often penalized defensively. To face a team like Wigan, which has the worst attack of the Championship can be advantageous at this stage but the ‘only’ 4 wins out of doors in the 15 games held may again affect a bet in favor of the visitors.
The win in the last round at Cardiff City ended a series of eight consecutive games, corresponding to four months without a win outside Carrow Road.
Prediction Wigan vs Norwich:
For this game is clear the favoritism of Norwich City in the visit to the terrain of Wigan. However, the moment outside the Canaries is far below what is expected of a team in this competition to fight for the climb. Two teams that need to score but