Cheltenham’s winless run in League One stretched to nine matches on Saturday afternoon when they lost 1-0 away to Rotherham United, with the defeat following three straight draws against Oxford United, Burton Albion and Charlton Athletic.
A record of seven wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats from 27 matches has seen the reigning League Two champions collect 31 points, which has left them in 18th position in the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Cheltenham have not been victorious in League One since beating Gillingham on November 23, but they have thus far managed to stay out of the relegation zone, which is currently occupied by Morecambe, Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers.
Michael Duff’s side have won five, drawn five and lost four of their 14 home league games this season to collect 20 points, but they will be coming up against a Wigan side with the best away record in League One this term, collecting 31 points from 12 matches on their travels.
Wigan’s position at the top of League One is even more impressive considering that they have only played 24 league games this season due to a number of postponements; the Latics are level on points with second-placed Sunderland but with four games in hand on the Black Cats.
The 2012-13 FA Cup winners finished 20th in League One last season but look capable of being champions this season, and their recent form across all competitions has been excellent.
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Indeed, Leam Richardson’s side have won each of their last seven matches in all competitions, including a 3-2 success over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup earlier this month, while they will enter this game off the back of a 1-0 victory over Arsenal Under-21s in the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy.
Wigan, as mentioned, have also won their last four in the league, including a 3-2 success over Gillingham last weekend, with Will Keane netting a brace to make it 14 League One goals for the campaign.
The Latics, who have not played Premier League football since 2012-13, are unbeaten in the league since the end of October and certainly appear to be on course for a return to the Championship