Wigan vs Sheffield United Preview - EFL Championship

Wigan and Sheffield United badges with EFL logo

Wigan and Sheffield United badges with EFL logo

Sheffield United will hope to close the gap to league leaders Burnley on Monday night when they make the short trip to the DW Stadium for this EFL Championship fixture.

RealSport101's Harry Smith is on hand to provide a comprehensive preview of Saturday's EFL Championship battle, including team news, predicted starting XIs and predictions.

Wigan vs Sheffield United Team News

Kolo Toure could make just a single change to the side he fielded on his managerial debut last weekend with Scottish midfielder Graeme Shinnie stepping into the double-pivot alongside Max Power.

The Latics have just three injuries to contend with ahead of the visit of Sheffield United with defensive trio Tom Pearce, Ryan Nyambe and Jason Kerr all sidelined on Monday night.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom could shuffle his pack ahead of the trip to the DW Stadium, handing starts to Norweigian midfielder Sander Berge and towering striker Oli McBurnie.

The international break has done little to ease the injury woes that the visitors are facing with five first-team players still sidelined and versatile defender Jack Robinson struggling with fitness concerns ahead of this Monday night clash.

Confirmed Absentees

Wigan: Tom Pearce, Jason Kerr, Ryan Nyambe

Sheffield United: Daniel Jebbison, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Rhian Brewster, Jack O'Connell, John Fleck, Jack Robinson (doubtful)

Predicted Lineups

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Jones; Darikwa, Whatmough, Tilt, Bennett; Shinnie, Power; Lang, Keane, McClean; Broadhead

Sheffield United (3-4-2-1): Foderingham; Ahmedhodzic, Egan, Clark; Baldock, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens; Berge, Ndiaye; McBurnie

Wigan vs Sheffield United Score Prediction

Kolo Toure launched his managerial career with a respectable 1-1 draw against Millwall last weekend thanks to an early Will Keane strike, but the former Liverpool defender faces a much tougher test on Monday night.

Blackpool's draw against Cardiff has plunged the Latics deeper into the relegation zone, albeit only on goal difference, but only a win here will be enough to see Toure's men leapfrog 21st-placed Hull.

Sheffield United marked their return to Championship action with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield last weekend, and a second consecutive clean sheet, but Burnley's unstoppable form is making it hard for the Blades to keep pace in the title race.

Paul Heckingbottom's side have now claimed victory in five of their last six league outings but remain just two points clear of third-placed Blackburn and six points behind Vincent Kompany's mighty Clarets.

Score Prediction: Wigan 1-2 Sheffield United

Harry's Tip: BTTS - Yes

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