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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Ipswich infighting may play into Wigan's hands

Latics set to boost survival hopes

Wigan have seven games in which to stave off relegation
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Ipswich v Wigan
7.45pm Tuesday

Seven points from safety with seven games left, Wigan’s Sky Bet Championship days look to be numbered yet they shouldn’t be without hope at Ipswich where there is civil war in the air.

Ipswich fans have lost faith in their board, manager and team and there was a toxic atmosphere at Portman Road on Saturday when the Tractor Boys were scraping out a dismal 1-1 draw against an awful Birmingham.

That’s one win in 14 for Mick McCarthy’s side and they’re hard to fancy at the moment, even against a team like Wigan.

In fact, the Latics have looked far brighter and sharper in two games under Graham Barrow than they had for most of the season and if they play like they did in narrow defeat at Newcastle at the weekend they should fancy their chances.

Back Wigan on the Asian handicap at +0.25. If the game ends all-square – and Ipswich have drawn nine of their last 14 – backers get half their stake back and the other half is a win.

Wigan +0.25 on Asian handicap
2pts 17-20 bet365

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Yann Kermorgant netted Reading's winner against Leeds

Reading v Blackburn
8pm Tuesday

Reading were asked a pair of serious questions about their promotion credentials either side of the international break and had the answers.

A 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday was outstanding while the 1-0 defeat of Leeds every bit as good as Jaap Stam’s men strengthen their grip on a playoff place.

They go into tonight’s clash with Blackburn having lost only twice at home this season and their record against the current bottom eight – where Rovers are camped – is played 11, won nine, drawn two.

Rovers, with five points (no wins) from a last possible 30 on the road, are missing injured top-scorer Danny Graham.

2pts 11-10 Betfair, Hills, 188Bet

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Preston v Bristol City
7.45pm Tuesday

Preston, 2-1 winners at Ashton Gate in December, can complete the double over Lee Johnson’s side.

Just one defeat in ten has seen Preston emerge as unlikely playoff contenders, the 3-0 win at home to Reading last month the result that gave them more self-belief than any other.

While Preston flourish, City continue to fight against relegation with Saturday’s setback at Brentford leaving them one point outside the relegation places. Only Rotherham have lost more away games.

2pts 6-5 general

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The Latics have looked far brighter and sharper in two games under Graham Barrow than they had for most of the season
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