Lifeline for Wigan in crunch Championship clash with Wolves?

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In a game that Wolves have to win to remain in the hunt for a play-off place, Rotherham's points deduction has thrown Wigan a lifeline in their battle against the drop.

Kenny Jackett's men have faltered since beating Leeds 4-3 on Easter Monday, with that thrilling victory being followed by two defeats and a draw, leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers three points below the play-off zone and their promotion hopes effectively out of their own hands.

Three points, therefore, are an absolute must and a maximum haul would have finally relegated Wigan Athletic, but the Latics have been given a reprieve, with news that Rotherham United have been docked three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton, also on Easter Monday.

Wigan's hopes of survival were raised by the home win over Brighton last Saturday, their first victory at the DW Stadium since August, and the first win under new manager Gary Caldwell. But they still must repeat that, with a second consecutive home win over Wolves on Saturday, despite now standing only two points behind Rotherham who occupy the safety of 21st place.

However, Rotherham have a game in hand over Wigan - at home to Reading next Tuesday - and if they were to beat Norwich City on Saturday, this would immediately regain those lost three points and condemn Wigan anyway if they lose to Wolves.

In simple terms, the Wolves versus Wigan fixture is a game that both sides desperately need to win for very different reasons, and a draw would be no use to either side. If there is a winner, whoever gets the three points will still need to keep their fingers crossed as their destiny is down to the fortunes of others.

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