Date: 4 November 2018
Time: 13.30 GMT, 8:30 AM EST, 10:30 AM ART
Venue: DW Stadium
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All-time Record: Leeds v Wigan: 3W 3D 5L
Previous Result: Wigan 1-1 Leeds 7 May 2017
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Leeds will face off against Wigan on Sunday without the services of both right backs on the roster, as Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi were both injured against Nottingham Forest. Ayling was injured last year against Forest at home, and his absence seemed to play a big part in the last season’s tailspin. Berardi has been fairly successful at playing in central defence this season, but he is a natural fullback and would have slotting into the lineup at right back, taking Ayling’s place.
In his place, Stuart Dallas will likely get the nod from Marcelo Bielsa, despite the concerns from fans. While Dallas is usually considered an attacking winger, he’s played a lot at both left and right back for Leeds over the past couple seasons. While his play at left back left much to be desired, he is at least tolerable at right back, although him playing at that position for an extended period of time should cause many a Leeds fan heartburn.
The good news for the game is that Barry Douglas is back for Leeds, and he was one of the key players for Leeds in the beginning part of the season. His delivery from dead-ball situations has been missed in his absence, and his crossing ability will also be a welcome change from Dallas.
Up front, Kemar Roofe will almost certainly get the nod, along with Pablo Hernandez, Samu Saiz, and Gjanni Alioski, with Mateusz Klich in the midfield. Wigan typically lineup using two strikers, so we will likely see the famous Bielsa 3-3-1-3 formation, with Phillips dropping back into central defence alongside Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper ahead of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Wigan have been better this season than their last season in the Championship, but they’ve started to slip a little bit in the past few games, having won only once in their last five games. Leeds should be able to take care of business at home before next week’s match against West Bromwich Albion, but this could also be a bit of a banana peel match.