MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 19:48:53
Nov 4, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance: 14,799
WiganWigan Athletic
1-2
LeedsLeeds United
James (6')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Hernandez (9'), Roofe (46')

Result: Naismith believes Wigan can continue impressive home form against Leeds

Result: Naismith believes Wigan can continue impressive home form against Leeds
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The 26-year-old hopes to force his way into the Wigan starting line-up.

Wigan winger Kal Naismith remains confident the Latics can maintain their strong home form when they welcome Sky Bet Championship promotion chasers Leeds to the DW Stadium.

Athletic are unbeaten in seven games on home turf this season – winning five of them – but Leeds have the joint best away form in the division.

Naismith got his first goal for the club last week in the 4-2 defeat against leaders Sheffield United and will hope to cement a regular place in Paul Cook’s side having yet to start this season after his switch from Portsmouth.

He told the club’s official website: “We’ve played a lot of the top teams here and we’ve got the best home form in the league.

“It just shows what were capable of, especially considering the other teams in this division. It’s credit to us, we’ve done well here and we want to try and continue that.

“Leeds have started the season strongly and rightfully so they’re up there with the favourites in the division, so we know we’ll be tested, but we’ve played top teams like West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at the DW already this season and more than stood our ground.”

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is hoping for a return to form from Samuel Saiz.

“Samu Saiz is a great player,” the Argentinian told the Yorkshire Post. “He is the player who can create the lack of balance (in the opposition) that our team needs. He is the only player in the group who can create that.

“Taking into account what he has done so far this season and what he did last year, he is the player who can create the best lack of balance in our offence.

“The most important pass that ended with the goal that was scored (against Nottingham Forest) started with Saiz. Samu’s last pass is the most aggressive one we have. Of course, after praising him like that you will ask me why he doesn’t play.

“He is not playing because he is going through ups and downs. Things like this happen. Sometimes we have to explain why Saiz is not a starter and others when (Adam) Forshaw is not a starter.”

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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