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Leeds United vs. Wigan Athletic preview: Monk’s Men Must Get Back On Track

Put Derby behind us; it’s time to take on Wigan Athletic. Here are three keys to success for Leeds on Tuesday night.

Derby County v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship
Monk heads to the directors box at Derby, but he’ll be back on Tuesday night.
Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

After a dismal, boring, frustrating 1-0 loss to Derby County on Saturday, Garry Monk and his men must wipe the loss away from their memories if they want to get another good run going. With the Whites currently in 13th place in the Championship Table, a win vs. Wigan Athletic could put them just one point away from a playoff spot. The game is at Elland Road, which is definitely a good sign for us fans with our home form. Leeds are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions at Elland Road, dating back to their 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in September.

I think the game tomorrow will be an easy win for Leeds. Wigan are currently in the relegation zone, sitting in 22nd place with only 10 points in their campaign. Both clubs have scored and given up the same amount of goals, which is shocking considering the gap between the two teams in the table. With this in mind, I have three keys to success for Leeds United.

Stay Fundamental, and Play Clean.

This season, we have struggled to dictate the game the way Monk wants to. It seems as though whenever we have a good offensive game, the defensive game struggles. On the other hand, when our defensive performance is stellar, our offense struggles to score goals to compensate the defensive effort. To earn three points, we need a solid offensive effort, and I’d like to see less than two yellow cards awarded to our players.

The Midfield Needs To Dominate And Make Smart Passes.

Our midfield has depth. With the likes of O’Kane, Sacko, Roofe, Hernandez, and Mowatt, we have a midfield that can pose a real threat to Wigan. With smart passes and decision making, our midfield can pick apart any defense in the Championship. Given Wigan’s spot in the table, the game should be dominated by Leeds, which we can contribute to a great midfield tomorrow.

The Defense Needs to Contribute to a Clean Sheet.

If our offense sputters again, we will need to rely on Jannson & Co. to deliver a spot-on game. We can still achieve a draw or win as long as Rob Green can continue to keep the ball out of his net. A key factor in this will be the play of Charlie Taylor. As long as his head is 100% in the game, we should have no worries against Wigan.

Previous Results

Leeds United have only played Wigan Athletic previously in nine games, dating back to their first meeting in 1987. Leeds’ form: L-W-W-D-W-L-W-W-L.

WHAT

Leeds United vs. Wigan Athletic

EFL Championship fixture

WHERE

Elland Road, Leeds

LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds

WHEN

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT

WHO

Leeds United’s predicted XI

Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Sacko, Phillips, Hernandez, O’Kane, Antonsson, Wood

Wigan Athletic’s predicted XI

Bogdan, Byrne, Buxton, Bum, Warnock, Power, MacDonald, Jacobs, Powell, Wildschut, Fondre

ODDS

Leeds 21/20

Draw 23/10

Wigan 11/4

PREDICTION

I think that given the urgency to get back on the winning track, Leeds should explode offensively this game. I feel like The Whites will dominate every aspect, and we’ll comfortably win 3-0. Hopefully the crowd shows up on a Tuesday night, and the fans go home happy as we climb back up the table.