Why Middlesbrough’s game against Wigan isn't as easy as many may think

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Middlesbrough host relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic on Friday looking to bounce back from a humbling defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough have had almost two weeks to get over their crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of top the table Bournemouth last time out.

The result saw the Cherries leapfrog their promotion rivals and become the overwhelming favourites for Championship promotion.

But Aitor Karanka’s men will not lie down. There have been many twists and turns already in this promotion battle and it is only just getting started.

Many may glance at the Easter weekend’s fixtures and think that Middlesbrough have an easy game to bounce back in against Wigan Athletic, who are languishing inside the bottom three.

However, Malky Mackay’s men have had a recent resurgence. They may still have not won at home since August but they are a different kettle of fish away from home.

Wigan have won their last four games away from home, a run which includes a victory over in-form Norwich City, who Boro are attempting to stay ahead of this weekend.

The Latics have become very tough to beat on the road and will undoubtedly relish the prospect of frustrating Middlesbrough whilst trying to catch them on the counter attack.

Furthermore, Karanka’s side have struggled to break sides down recently despite dominating the games.

They did overcome Ipswich Town and Millwall with ease but dropped points away at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday and at home to Leeds United despite dominating large periods of all of these fixtures.

An early goal at the Riverside on Friday is absolutely vital as they look to get their promotion push back on track.

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