Wigan Athletic vs Ipswich Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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On Saturday afternoon (15:00), Paul Cook's side travel to the DW Stadium in hope of a win against Wigan Athletic to edge closer to the play-offs.

As the season draws to a close, Ipswich Town find themselves two points adrift of sixth placed Blackpool, with 11 games remaining in League One. A win against Wigan on Saturday could see them close the gap and move one step closer to their target again, depending on other results.

The Tractor Boys have slipped away in recent weeks, following back-to-back losses against Fleetwood Town and Portsmouth respectively. The game against Wigan will be Ipswich's third successive away game, and they will be hoping for better luck against the Latics

The hosts come into the game off the back of three away games themselves; a win, a draw and most recently, a loss. Having suffered a 3-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley last weekend, Wigan will undoubtedly be keen to get back to winning ways on Saturday at the visitors' expense.

The game comes amidst speculation that Wigan Athletic caretaker manager, Leam Richardson, could leave the club to join Cook's coaching team at Portman Road.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa and Curtis Tilt are both on international duties and will be unavailable for Wigan on Saturday.

Long-term absentee, Tom Pearce, also remains ruled out for the hosts.

Ipswich will be without Tottenham Hotspur loanee, Troy Parrott, who is also away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland senior side. 

James Wilson is a doubt for Ipswich, after he was substituted off in discomfort against Portsmouth last weekend.

Flynn Downes is also ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the win against Plymouth Argyle earlier this month. 

Predicted lineups

Wigan Athletic: Jones; Robinson, Wootton, Johnston, Long, Evans, Ojo, Lang, Massey, Solomon-Otabor, Proctor.

Ipswich Town: Holy; Kenlock, Wilson, Nsiala, Chambers, Bishop, Dozzell, Judge, Edwards, Bennetts, Jackson.

Ones to watch

Callum Lang

Callum Lang has been Wigan Athletic's most prolific player this season, netting seven goals in his 13 starts for the Latics. The 22-year-old has operated mainly as a forward, but has also featured out wide and in a shadow striker role for Wigan; sitting just behind Joe Dodoo or Jamie Proctor leading the line.

The forward provides a threat that is missing elsewhere for the hosts; Lang registers more shots, and shots on target per game than any of his teammates. If Wigan are to come away victors on Saturday, then Lang will be crucial in their attacking efforts.

Gwion Edwards

Gwion Edwards has notched up five goals and four assists for Ipswich so far this term, and will be keen to add to his tally against Wigan. The Welshman's versatility has not gone unnoticed this season; Edwards has featured as a central midfielder, a deep winger and an attacking midfielder, among other positions this season. 

The 28-year-old assisted his side's only goal in the defeat to Portsmouth and his goal contributions rank him as Ipswich's second most influential player going forward. If Edwards and his teammates can hit some form for the run-in, then the Tractor Boys can be considered serious contenders for the top six race.

Past meetings

Earlier this season, Gwion Edwards scored late on as Ipswich beat Wigan 2-0 at Portman Road in a relatively low-key affair. 

The last time Saturday's hosts beat Ipswich was in March of 2014; a 3-1 away victory.

How to watch

The match is available to watch on iFollow through Wigan Athletic or Ipswich Town's respective club websites/apps, with match passes available at £10 for those across the United Kingdom. 

From 15:00 GMT, goals and key events will be available to watch as they happen for paying Sky Sports customers on Soccer Saturday.

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