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By ESPN Staff

De Zeeuw: Heat is on

Wigan skipper Arjan de Zeeuw believes all the pressure will be on Blackburn when the Latics travel to Ewood Park on Monday night.

Paul Jewell's team still have hopes of a European place but are in a comfortable mid-table position, while Rovers are battling Tottenham and Arsenal for fourth spot and an unlikely Champions League place.

De Zeeuw has been impressed by Blackburn's surge up the table and thinks Mark Hughes' side would be severely wounded by defeat in the Lancashire derby.

'For them to lose three points could be disastrous,' the 35-year-old Dutchman said. 'For us to lose wouldn't change our league position that much but we don't like losing games and we've got that winning attitude now.

'The pressure is a little bit more on them especially with them being at home as well.'

De Zeeuw, who returned to the JJB Stadium after a spell at Portsmouth last summer, expects a bruising encounter at Ewood Park but is determined to make up for his side's 3-0 hammering at home over the festive period.

That loss came three days after Wigan's win at West Ham, while Rovers had not played for five days due to their clash with Sunderland being postponed, and De Zeeuw is desperate to make amends.

He added: 'The game at home we were a bit disappointed with.

'We had a game (three days before) and they didn't and I don't think we did ourselves justice.

'We'll definitely be looking to put that one right.

'They were the better side on the day and they had more energy than us but we were disappointed because we were on a great run and that killed it.

'They must have felt very comfortable in the end (of that game) and maybe that sticks in their mind but we're positive that it won't be that easy this time.

'They're a good side and they're horrible to play against. They give quite a few fouls away but in a sensible manner.

'We're not an easy team to play against because of our energy and they're similar in that sense because they've got high work-rate.'

With seven games of a memorable first season in the top flight remaining, De Zeeuw is adamant the Latics will not canter through their final seven matches.

They may be guaranteed another Premiership campaign next term but De Zeeuw insists their incredible season has caused the Latics to look higher.

He continued: 'There's no real pressure on us. We'd love to get into Europe and that would be an unbelievable bonus for us but we're satisfied with where we are.

'We've proved a lot of people wrong but our expectations have risen during the season and we're not settling for letting the season just fizzle out.'

Goalkeeper John Filan is in contention despite coming off in the 2-1 defeat by West Ham with an eye problem but the returning Ryan Taylor (foot) will not be considered.