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Preview: Struggling Wigan face mid-table Fulham

Struggling Wigan Athletic travel to mid-table Fulham this weekend hoping to make a late push for Championship survival.

Twenty-third place Wigan have won two of their last five away games, including their most recent fixture away from home, a 2-0 victory at relegation rivals Burton Albion. In comparison tenth place Fulham have tended to enjoy playing at Craven Cottage, winning three out of their five last games at home and drawing once.

The Latics are travelling to West London on the back of a resilient 2-2 draw with Norwich City. In this fixture, new signing Omar Bogle who signed from League Two side Grimsby Town this January, scored a brace. This included a terrific free-kick which left City ‘keeper John Ruddy standing to observe it go into the lower left hand side of the net.

Despite a solid performance against a team full of attacking prowess, Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce was “disappointed” after the Norwich game and went on to contend that “We were good value to have taken the lead, and it’s disappointing not to see it through.”

Meanwhile the Cottagers are less buoyant following their recent 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City, courtesy of Lukas Jutkiewicz late on in the second half. That goal followed the sending off of lively White’s winger Ryan Fredericks which Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic claimed ‘killed’ them off.

The last time the teams met they played out to a 0-0 stalemate back in September last year. Wigan, who were under the management of the now Chesterfield manager Gary Cauldwell. Wigan have since slightly improved under Joyce but still find themselves facing relegation as it stands because they are five points off safety.

The teams face each other this Saturday at Craven Cottage, 3pm kick-off.

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