Wigan v Preston Betting Tips: Lilywhites to maintain their winning run

15:00/Feb 18

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Preston North End.

This Lancashire derby is an important match for both teams but for different reasons as survival hopefuls Wigan Athletic host play-off chasing Preston North End.

Wigan had a fantastic result last time out as they managed to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 to end a run of four matches without a win. Whilst they are still in the relegation zone, they are only two points off safety with 15 matches to go so still stand a good chance of staying up.

The Lactics are pretty woeful up front and are the league’s lowest scorers with just 29 goals in 31 games, however, the signing of Omar Bogle in January means this should pick up now. Defensively, Wigan have actually been okay at the back and have conceded just 38 goals in 31 games which is by far the best in the bottom eight.

Warren Joyce’s men secured an impressive draw against promotion hopefuls Norwich City in their last match at the DW Stadium but they still have the worst home record in the Championship with a measly 13 points accumulated from 15 home matches.

Preston have crept up the Championship table into tenth position after two consecutive wins following a run of four matches without victory. They are currently seven points off the playoffs but if they put a run together then they can certainly make a good fist of it.

Simon Grayson has got his side well organised and their defensive record of 40 conceded in 32 matches even betters fourth-place Reading. Additionally, in Irishmen Aiden McGeady and Daryl Horgan, they have the flair players to give them an attacking edge in matches.

The Lilywhites rather under-the-radar run has coincided with good recent away from with just one defeat in their last six matches away from Deepdale.

Although Wigan won their last match, This is a very decent-looking Preston side and they can come out on top here. At odds of 7/4, the visitors are worth supporting to get the job done on Saturday afternoon.

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