Our prediction for this Championship match:
After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Blackpool, Burnley will look to cement top position in the standings when they host Wigan to their Turf Moor on Matchday 36. The Clarets have been impressive at home ground this term, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to beat the Latics. Josh Brownhill limped off with injury at the weekend, with Scott Twine likely to step up, whereas Ian Maatsen, Darko Churlinov, Benson Manuel, Jay Rodriguez, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis remain in the recovery room.
Wigan Athletic, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom with 32 points in their pockets, and given their five-game winless run in the Championship, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the league leaders. Martin Kelly and Jason Kerr should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Bailey Peacock-Farrell):
Despite being born in Darlington, England on October 29, 1996, Bailey Peacock-Farrell represents Northern Ireland at senior level. The Northern Ireland international started his youth career at Middlesbrough, but in 2013 he joined Leeds United. The talented goalkeeper continued playing for Leeds United senior team and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of him.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell made his first-team debut for the Whites on April 5, 2016 in a home game against Queens Park Rangers. The two played out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road and it has to be noted that the goalkeeper conceded a penalty kick in the 87th minute of the match. The 192-cm tall shot-stopper has a contract with Leeds United which should expire on June, 2020.
As previously mentioned, the Leeds United goalkeeper represents Northern Ireland on the international stage, qualifying for the national team thanks to his grandfather Jim Farreell, who was born in Enniskillen.
Highlighted Team (Wigan):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season.
Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well.
The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).