Wigan Athletic are looking doomed to relegation as things stand and failure to collect all three points at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon could spell disaster should other results go against them. Indeed should the Latics fail to win and Notts Forest beat Reading then it is game over as far as their Championship status is concerned.
Wigan desperately need to bounce back from their narrow 2-1 defeat to promoted Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, this result ending back-to-back wins for the Latics. Victories over both Rotherham United and Barnsley signalled an upturn in fortunes but it hasn’t been enough to lift Wigan out of the bottom three in the Championship and with five points separating them from safety and just three games left to play, things aren’t looking too rosy.
Two of these remaining matches are at home however and this will present Wigan with a slight glimmer of hope. Nevertheless while the Latics won their last two games at the DW Stadium, the visiting Bluebirds have managed to pick up points in five of their previous seven Championship outings and their form away from home has been pretty impressive with just three defeats in their last seven away games.
Wigan Athletic will certainly be the more desperate of these sides on Saturday afternoon. Fail to win and it is almost certainly game over with a fall into League One all-but-certain. Three points for the hosts are a necessity but whilst Cardiff City have little to play for apart from pride, their recent form suggests that they will deny the home side their much-needed victory and a share of the spoils looks the most likely outcome at the DW Stadium.