Can Mackay's Wigan Athletic stay up?

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With five points to make up on 21st-placed Rotherham, we look at the seven remaining games for Malky Mackay's Wigan.

A recent run of three wins in four games - all away from home - raised hopes that the Latics could avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship in a rocky campaign that has seen the club courting controversy via manager Malky Mackay and owner and ex-chairman Dave Whelan.

One of those three wins was away at nearest rivals Rotherham, but the loss in between was at home to Leeds, and it is the inability to win at the DW Stadium - Wigan have done it just twice this season, and not since August - that looks likely to cost them dearly.

Since that run, a defeat at Watford and a 1-1 draw at home to Bolton, via a late Martyn Waghorn goal, have left Wigan with a lot to do in their remaining seven games, particularly with the next two games looking extremely tough contests.

Easter weekend sees Wigan face a double header against automatic promotion-chasing Middlesbrough (away on Good Friday) and Derby County (at home on Easter Monday). Over the same period rivals Rotherham have winnable games against Birmingham and Brighton.

April also sees Wigan travel to Fulham and Millwall, and it is these two games that could prove decisive for Mackay's struggling team. Away fixtures look to be the best way for Wigan to claw back those five points and these are two games that they will be looking to win. 

After that Wigan face a home fixture with Brighton before closing the season with two games against play-off chasing duo Wolves (at home) and Brentford (away).

The last day showdown with Brentford may be academic if the Latics can't pick up sufficient points before then, and you do feel that the Easter weekend will be decisive if Wigan can't take maximum points from at least one of those fixtures.

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