Wigan Athletic go head-to-head with Belgian side Zulte-Waregem in what will prove to be a crucial game for qualification. Wigan are currently in the driving seat, sitting one place and one point above their opponents, but a bad result for Owen Coyle's men could result in their European tour coming to an abrupt end.
Wigan have already traveled to Belgium to play Zulte-Waregem earlier this season, and came away with a well-fought point as the game ended 0-0. Prior to the game Wigan Athletic manager talked openly on his admiration of on-loan Chelsea star Thorgan Hazard, ear-marking him for the very top.
'If anyone is seriously suggesting he is only at Chelsea to keep his brother company, they are being disrespectful. Hazard is a burgeoning talent that is going to get better and better.
''There is no doubt whatever that this kid can play and is heading for a very bright future in the game.He has the makings of an extremely talented top-flight player in his own right, make no mistake.
''You can take it as read that this kid is going to have a huge career. I have seen him play and I can vouch for his quality. He has got good feet, sees a pass and he can score goals. He will be a real threat''
A glowing review from the former Premier League manager, and he will no doubt be reiterating the same points to his side as they lock horns in the DW Stadium on Thursday.
The Chelsea man has been in fine form since leaving for his homeland and has already scored 10 goals in his first 20 games for the club, making him one of the most feared players in the Belgian Jupiler League.
He will likely be in a personal battle with Manchester United loanee Nick Powell, as they both look to steal the headlines in one of the most intriguing games on the night.
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