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5th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a Money Back Special running for Blackburn v Wigan betting on Monday night. This is a massively important match in the relegation battle, and it is a game which Rovers need to win in order to keep their survival hopes burning for the final day of the season. The pressure is on Rovers boss Steve Kean, who has remained resolute through the club’s troubles, and knows that realistically his side need two wins from two. When Blackburn and Wigan come together, it usually produces some excitement, and there have been three penalties scored in the last two games between them. There was also a red card flashed in the season’s earlier meeting at the DW Stadium, and if there is another red card on Monday, then the Paddy Power special kicks in.
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Blackburn v Wigan Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Blackburn 11/8, Wigan 15/8, Draw 12/5
Blackburn need a win but they have been few and far between for Steve Kean’s men. Rovers have lost six and won just one of their last seven Premier League matches, and that is why they are in the trouble they are in. Worryingly too, they have failed to score in three of their last five matches as well, which isn’t helping. Blackburn have the second worst defence in the league, and they have produced some terrible defensive displays. In their last match, a 2-0 defeat away at Spurs, Blackburn did not even manage to rustle up a shot on goal in a hugely disappointing performance. Naturally fans weren’t happy about their lack of fight. So it looks as if their main chance of survival is only going to come at Ewood Park, where they have lost just two of the last six. But those two defeats have come in the last three home games. They did produce three points on their home appearance, a 2-0 win over Norwich, and they need to really pick themselves up for this one. A defeat here and they will be playing Championship football next season. Fortunately they have a strong home record against the Latics. Going into the weekend, Blackburn are already three points adrift, and it could be worse before kick off if both QPR and Bolton win their Sunday matches.
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Wigan were unlucky not to pick up three points at the DW Stadium against Blackburn earlier in the season, and Rovers escaped with a point after Yakubu slotted a home a penalty almost ten minutes into injury time. That ended in a 3-3 draw, and when these two sides meet, as they have done thirteen times before in the Premier League, they have produced an average of 3.77 goals per game between them. There have been thirteen goals in the last two meetings between Rovers and the Latics, so would look for a high goalscoring game again in your betting options. Wigan have the form at the moment but it is a big difference from playing teams like Arsenal and Man Utd where there is time and space on the ball, to be harried and harassed by a physical side. Wigan are three points clear of the drop zone so there is still just a little bit of work do to in order to get over the line. Wigan are one of the most in form teams at the moment in the Premier League, winning five and drawing one of their last eight. If the league started eight matches ago, Wigan would be in fourth right now. It didn’t and they are not. A point would be enough for Wigan if both QPR and Bolton lose on the weekend. At least Wigan will have the advantage of knowing what the other relegation threatened teams will have already done as they head into this Monday night match.
14th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Arsenal v Wigan betting for Monday night’s Premier League match has some coverage being offered on it by online bookmaker Paddy Power. Arsenal look to have third place in the league firmly in their grasp and really just have to play the season out, while Wigan are still struggling to remain in England’s top flight for next season. Robin van Persie found his way back on to the score-sheet again against Wolves over the Easter weekend, his first goal in five matches. So, with Van the Man netting his 27th league goal of the season, he naturally is the main focal point of Arsenal betting in the goal scorer markets. Van Persie rounded off a 4-0 win over Wigan earlier in the season.
If Robin van Persie scores the last goal of the game against Wigan on Monday night, online bookmaker Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Score-cast single bets placed on the match. So great coverage being offered by the bookie for your football betting, and it means that you can look at the First Goalscorer market for example, where Van Persie himself is 2/1 favourite to open the scoring. The Gunners trumped Wigan 4-0 earlier in the season, and a reasonable 2-0 Correct Score bet on Arsenal fetches 11/2 with Paddy Power.
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Arsenal v Wigan Betting Odds
Arsenal 2/7, Draw 9/2, Wigan 9/1 at Paddy Power
Arsenal go into the weekend’s round of matches with a five point lead over Spurs in the race for third spot. It has been a tremendous turnaround in form from Arsenal from the first half of the season, and with seven wins in their last eight matches, a lot of credit is due to Arsene Wenger. Sure, they have the massive asset of Robin van Persie, and his goals have carried the team, but the team behind him has gotten stronger and stronger over the course of the season. The Gunners have rattled off five wins from their last five home matches in the league, and have kept clean sheets in their two at the Emirates. Better reading than that, the Gunners have kept four clean sheets in their live five Premier League matches home and away. So they are in great form, and with twelve wins, two draws and two defeats at home this season, they are a strong bet. Arsenal have averaged just over two goals per game at home, and their mean defence is only conceding at a rate of 0.75 per game. Arsenal have only failed to score in one home game this season. So, unbeaten in five at home, their last home game producing a win over Manchester City, can Arsenal seal the deal on third spot?
Wigan did their chances of surviving a world of good, when they turned in a wonderful home performance to beat leaders Manchester United last week. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has fervently stuck to his football philosophy, and Wigan’s good passing game has finally started to reap the rewards it deserves. The Latics were unlucky to come away from Stamford Bridge without a point in the match prior to the Man Utd fixture, but that defeat against Chelsea remains their only loss in the last six matches. So Wigan are actually in pretty good form, having lost only two of the last ten. They are fighting for their lives, but they are doing it in style. It has been a tough run in for Wigan, but they are hanging in there, and their form may just get them over the line. But just because they turn up and surprise a very tepid Manchester United, doesn’t mean that they are going to go to the Emirates and grab another three points. They will be heavy underdogs for the match, even though their away form has been decent, with just one loss in their last four away matches, a win away at Anfield coming in that run. Wigan have only won four matches away from home this season, and while another would be timely, they only average a goal per game away from home and have only kept one clean sheet all season on their travels. They are the best footballing side of the relegation candidates, and a point away at Arsenal at this stage would be momentous
5th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
As we head into Chelsea v Wigan betting on the weekend, the London club’s workload just isn’t letting up. The Blues play on Saturday after Wednesday’s effort against Benfica in the Champions League, and that looked like a very tried and laboured display. The fixture list for Chelsea is particularly busy because of their Champions League and FA Cup runs, as they are in the semi finals of both competitions. It will probably mean more reshuffling of the pack from boss Roberto Di Matteo as he has to preform a very fine balancing act. Chelsea have not exactly been potent in front of goal, even under the revival of Di Matteo, so Bet365′s popular 0-0 Bore Draw special could be worth looking at for your Chelsea v Wigan betting. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on the match, and if the game winds up in a 0-0 stalemate, then you will get your lost stakes in these markets refunded. This provides some great coverage on your football betting, and the promotion applies to all matches listed at Bet365. The highly rated bookie offers a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account, as they provide a 100% matched deposit bonus. So open an new account and you can get your initial deposit matched with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £200!
Chelsea v Wigan Betting Odds
Chelsea to win: 3/10 at Bet Victor
Draw: 5/1 at BetFred
Wigan to win: 12/1 at Bet365
Well, Chelsea have two cup semi finals to look forward too, but they are still in danger of missing out on a return to the Champions League next season. Every match is crucial now to them, as they try and close the five point gap on fourth placed Tottenham. It is a busy Easter weekend, and one that could really define the outcome of the final standings. Chelsea have to take advantage of this fixture, while Spurs face a tricky trip to Sunderland. The Blues are undefeated in their last two league matches, but they have lost three of the last seven. So they are not in red hot form by any stretch of the imagination, and this isn’t a particularly strong Chelsea squad. Captain John Terry is set to play through the pain barrier with a cracked ribs, and they are struggling for some fluency still.
After a hugely disappointing home 0-0 draw against Spurs in the league, they almost blew a 2-0 away lead at Aston Villa last time out, until they were rescued with late goals from Jovanovich and Torres. This is by no means a high quality Chelsea side which we have come to expect over the previous seasons and they will need a summer re-shuffle. They will also need a much better effort than the 1-1 draw they secured at Wigan earlier in the season under Andre Villas-Boas. The Blues will be favourite to win, especially at home, but there are still problems of raising tempo and creativity levels. But you have to think that this is a match which Chelsea should win, even though they played very poorly on Wednesday against Benfica and weren’t in control of possession at all.
Chelsea do have a W9 D3 L3 record at home this season and they are undefeated in their last five at Stamford Bridge, with three wins and two draws. They aren’t in the strongest form which they could be in, but a winnable match to keep up the pressure for a European spot. Chelsea average just over two goals per game at home this season, but have conceded on average 1.26 per game, which could make for better reading. The Blues face a Wigan side, who are actually in much better form than the them.
While Wigan are still struggling against relegation, they have found some very good form. They are one of the three relegation threatened teams on 28 points, but they have lost only one game in their last eight. In that run, there has been three wins and four draws, an impressively they have won two and drawn one of their last three away matches. Their last away match secured what was seen as a huge bonus three points for Roberto Martinez’s men, as they beat Liverpool at Anfield. The followed that up, with a good 2-0 home win over Stoke City which leaves them still in with a tough fight, but still a realistic hope of surviving another season in the Premier League. Wigan have won more away from home this season then they have on their own soil, and their away record is W4 D3 L8. Can they pull off another miraculous result away from home? Wigan aren’t a high scoring team, averaging exactly one goal per game away from home, and conceding on overage two goals per game on the road. But they are undefeated in their last four and a spirited display could get something from a distracted and tired Chelsea.
31st January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Tottenham v Wigan Premier League betting will get the focus back onto the pitch for Spurs. Boss Harry Redknapp is involved in a court case at the moment, so there is that distraction. So too was the defeat which they suffered in their last outing, so Spurs, who slipped up there against leaders Manchester City, need a big bounce back performance. Spurs had been flying high prior to that outing, going on a long unbeaten stretch. However, they were undone in controversial circumstances when City’s Mario Balotelli remained on the pitch to score the winner from the penalty spot, when Spurs wanted him sent off for allegedly stamping on Scott Parker’s head. This is the kind of fixture where Spurs need to show their grit and steel and although on paper, a home tie against Wigan looks a banker, Tottenham still have to deliver and not take their foot off the gas. After losing crucial ground on Manchester City, Spurs remain in third place, but now eight points back of the leaders, so all the Londoners can do now, is keep picking up three points and wait for the Manchester clubs to slip up. Spurs did run out winners against Watford in the FA Cup on Friday night, but they picked up some injury problems, with Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon looking unlikely to make the match on Tuesday night. Spurs will of course remember the shock result in this corresponding fixture from last season, when the Latics showed up at White Hart Lane and stole a 1-0 victory. No-one saw that coming then, and that is just the kind of surprise that Harry Redknapp’s men need to avoid if they are going to hang in contention for the league title. The London side naturally go as favourites in Tottenham v Wigan Premier League betting as they look to get back to wining ways in the Premier League. Even half of that nine goal mauling they handed out in this fixture two seasons ago would do nicely.
As for Wigan, well it is all struggles and woe at the moment, as the Latics have fallen to the bottom of the pile. After holding Chelsea and Liverpool to draws at home in back to back games, a mini revival looked on the cards for Roberto Martinez’s men, but that has all come unravelled as they have lost their last three matches straight now. That extends to a run of seven league matches without a win for Wigan now and with their lowly goal tallies, it is tough to see where the points are going to come from. However, out of Wigan’s only three victories this season in the Premier League, two of them have come away from home. This is just the sort of match in which upsets do occur and at least for the team talk, Roberto Martinez can remind him of Hugo Rodallego’s winning goal at White Hart Lane last season against the odds. He can also point to the fact that Spurs haven’t scored against the Latics in the last two meetings, so while Wigan are struggling both at the back and the front on the pitch, can they show up and throw another major spanner in the title works of Spurs? They will be buoyed by the arrival of midfielder Jean Beausejour who could give them a bit of thrust in the middle of the park and they will lean heavily on Hugo Rodallego again, who has netted two goals in his last three league matches. Yes, the odds are totally stacked against the visitors getting anything out of this Tottenham v Wigan betting, but they got the better of Spurs last season, can they come in fresh, after not having played on the weekend and battle their way to a precious point? The Latics are in serious danger of getting left behind and the foot of the table and they need to show some fight.
Tottenham v Wigan betting odds
Spurs to win: 1/4 at Paddy Power
Draw: 11/2 at Bet365
Wigan to win: 16/1 at 188Bet
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15th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Manchester City need that they need to initiate a response to the weekend’s Premier League action on Monday night, with a triumph over Wigan at the JJB Stadium. Boss Roberto Mancini will have seen Man Utd triumph 3-0 over Bolton on Saturday to draw level with them on points at the top of the table. So in this top versus bottom clash of Wigan v Man City betting, City need to pick up three points to keep just a little bit of daylight between them and their bitter rivals. City’s strong form from the start of the season dipped a little over the festive period, and with an FA Cup exit against Manchester United, and a Carling Cup semi final first leg defeat against Liverpool as well to boot, City really have only one focus now and that is winning the league. City of course have been depleted because of the impending Africa Cup of Nations, losing players to injury as well is really testing the squad strength of Mancini’s outfit. The main doubts ahead of the game at Wigan, is David Silva, who has been a vital cog in the Man City attack this season, his playmaking skills missed badly when he is out. Mario Balotelli picked up an ankle injury in Carling Cup semi final first leg, and is also a doubt for the big match. While City have picked up ten wins from ten in the league at home, their away form has become patchy and has allowed the race for the title to be kept open. City have failed to win in their last four away matches now, with draws at Liverpool and West Brom, along with defeats at Chelsea and Sunderland. So while their fluent home form is carrying them along, if they can rediscover the away from they showed up until that Chelsea defeat then they will be in a much stronger position. For their dip in form, they will be expected to pick up three points at Wigan, who are in terrible trouble at the foot of the league.
City have won five, drawn three and lost two on the road this season in the league. Their awesome firepower, which has stuttered a little bit lately, has fired in 25 away goals, but they have conceded 12 on their league travels. Clean sheets have been kept in just two of their ten away matches this season, but the main indicator of an away win in Wigan v Man City betting, is the vast difference in scoring power. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez keeps on fighting but with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Man City this season already, and with terrible home form, three points are going to be tough to come by. Wigan have only managed to pick up just one home win this season, along with four draws and five defeats. They haven’t managed to pick up a win in their last five games, although there have been three draws in that sequence, one against Chelsea and one against Liverpool. So there is some fight leg in Wigan, but a terrible exit against Swindon in the FA Cup has really mounted the pressure at the club and confidence can’t be that high. Wigan are neither scoring enough, with just ten at home this season, nor are they tight enough at the back, having conceded twice as many as that. There just is not the firepower around at the club to really fire their way out of troubles, and so they have to scrap and hold out for goalless draws. That seems to be their best way forward at the moment. Wigan have not scored a goal against City in the last four meetings with them and have subsequently lost those four. Wigan have lost Mohamed Diame to the Africa Cup of Nations, while they should get Albert Crusat back into action on the wing after injury. So there are desperate times at the JJB for Martinez who has seen his side slip back down to the bottom of the league. They are already three points out of safety and another loss would really see them have to climb a very tall mountain to maintain their Premier League survival.
Wigan v Man City Betting Odds
Wigan to win: 17/2 at William Hill
Draw: 15/4 at VC Bet
Man City to win: 4/9 at Paddy Power
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23rd December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Well the injury list is certainly mounting up for Sir Alex Ferguson over the Christmas period, as we head towards Manchester United v Wigan betting on Boxing Day. The Red Devils nearly lost highly touted Phil Jones to a long lay off with a jaw problem, but reports are that he is going to be fit for the Festive period. However, Ashley Young will definitely be out of action for a few weeks. With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on the sidelines already, along with Fabio, Anderson and Tom Cleverley, and of course Darren Fletcher’s absence from the game for a while the Red Devils are digging deeper into their squad. Still, they seem to have picked up their form very well after suffering that exit from the Champions League. It has given them a real jolt it appears to go after the defence of their title. After going through a patch where they were scarping through matches, they have started to turn up the heat a little bit more, getting much more clinical in the final third of the pitch. Still, they have the chance to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League on Manchester City, with a comfortable looking home game against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Nothing less than a United win will be expected in this Man Utd v Wigan betting fixture, however, Wigan have been battling and scrapping for points in their last two matches. After rescuing a late draw at home against Chelsea, Wigan held Liverpool at bay for another valuable point in their fight for survival this season. Wigan are still struggling and are still in a fight to avoid the drop, however, these last two matches will have given them some hope. It has been a tough run in the fixture list for Wigan, and while they won’t be expected to bring back anything from Old Trafford, their spirits at least must be high. Watching the way Manchester United tore about Fulham at Craven Cottage in the week though, and seeing United’s Wayne Rooney return to goal scoring form, there will also be a bit of trepidation and perhaps damage limitation to come as well on Boxing Day. Manchester United have rediscovered their scoring touch, so it seems and have fired in eleven goals in their last three matches in the league. The Red Devils are averaging just under 3 goals per game at home in the Premier League this season and are hungry to keep up their title defence.
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Manchester United v Wigan Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Man Utd 1/6, Draw 6/1, Wigan 16/1
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17th December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Will the trip up north for Andre Villas Boas in Wigan v Chelsea betting on Saturday, prove to be anything other than an easy three for the Blues boss? Chelsea have turned around their form in great style, becoming the first team to inflict defeat upon leaders Manchester City this season. That was after a spectacular show of force in their final Champions League match to book their place in the final sixteen. The Blues have tightened up their defence, and Andre Villas Boas has been sending out a settled side, and Chelsea will look for another three points to keep them in touch in the title race, and will be hoping to make up more ground over the weekend. Wigan have been struggling for most of the season, and are one of the favourites to take the dreaded relegation drop this season. There was a recent glimmer of hope, as Wigan fought back from a deficit against West Brom to claim all three points, but they still need to find a away to get out of the relegation zone and up into safety. A match against an in form and confident Chelsea is probably not the thing they want right now, especially with memories of the 6-0 defeat in this corresponding fixture last season hanging over them. But Chelsea have been vulnerable on the road this season, losing twice and that will give Wigan some hope and spirit that they can go out and cause an upset. Chelsea have adopted a more attacking style and they have shown vulnerabilities at the back. Can Wigan cause a huge upset? They’ve done it before against Chelsea, just a couple of seasons ago.
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Wigan v Chelsea Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Wigan 8/1, Draw 7/2, Chelsea 4/11
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15th December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Wigan v Chelsea Betting Tip & Odds: Well, the way things are going, everyone will be expecting Chelsea to run out as comfortable winner here and that is probably what will happen. It means that we can dip into the Asian Handicap betting market for this one and take a Chelsea -1.5 for a decent price of Evens with Paddy Power.
Wigan to win: 8/1 at Totesport
Draw: 15/4 at Bet365
Chelsea to win: 2/5 at SkyBet
EPL Match Preview: Big points are at stake in this game on Saturday in the Premier League. Chelsea are still seven points adrift of leaders Man City in the title race, despite beating them on Monday night. Things are pretty tight in the top five at the moment and Chelsea really need to rock out a win in order to keep pace with those around them. The Blues go into the match on the back of a three game winning streak and look to be over their blip in form. They have tightened up at the back, and are looking more dangerous in front of goal. Which could be bad news for Wigan, who need points to try and draw themselves away from the relegation zone. There have been signs of a mini revival, especially spurred on by their comeback against West Brom last weekend. But Chelsea have scored more than twice the amount of goals that Wigan have this season, so will the home side be able to hold out and snatch a crucial win, or will Chelsea keep up the pressure on those around them in the title race, all of which play the following day on Sunday?
Wigan Form: The early season struggles of Wigan Athletic just look as if they maybe abating somewhat. After pulling out an important win over West Brom in their last Premier League match, Wigan have now lost just one of their last four matches. A stark turn around in form the previous four to that which saw them lose four in a row. Their small upturn in form has seen them claw their way off the bottom of the table, but they still have a lot of work to do, because they are still in 18th spot and just three points from the bottom. They have been helped by the slides of Blackburn and Bolton of course, but now face a big test on their road to recovery as they host Chelsea. They will be looking for a big home support to try and get something out of this match against the title contenders. However, Wigan have won just once at home this season in the league, an early triumph over QPR, and they have picked up just two more points in their home endeavors thanks to two draws. While Wigan fans will be optimistic that their side is turning things around, their home form still reads four defeats out of their last five, with a 3-3 draw against fellow strugglers Blackburn breaking that sequence. Goal scoring is clearly the problem for Wigan, as they have managed just eight in their seven home matches so far, and averaging 1.14 goals per game at home, isn’t going to get you very far in a season. Not when you are conceding an average of double that amount per game anyway. Wigan have only kept one clean sheet at home this season, so obviously not great at the back. Interestingly the period of the fifteen minutes before half time is when Wigan are apparently at their most dangerous, as they have scored seven goals this season in that period, the same total as they have managed at all other times of their matches combined. Wigan have only scored first in 20% of their matches this season, and have only led at half time in one of their games. Really not much to write home about up front, with Di Santo and Gomez combining for seven goals on the season and that’s about it. In their last twelve matches, Wigan have conceded at least one goal, so their aren’t great omens for them in this match really. Could be another tough afternoon in their scrap for survival this season. Against other top opposition this season, Wigan have lost 3-0 against Man City and 4-0 recently against Arsenal.
Chelsea Form: Well, we have seen a definite upswing in Chelsea’s form too, so much so that boss Andre Villas Boas has felt vindicated enough to attack the press for writing him off. That may come back to bite him at some point, but regardless, Chelsea are looking in great shape at the moment. December is going to be hugely important for them, and with an easy win over Newcastle to start off the month, and then following that up with a massive 2-1 home win over leaders Manchester City, Chelsea look to be back on track. Villas Boas has stuck to his guns, tweaked the defensive tactics and hasn’t been afraid to go with a new look midfield, which seems to be working. Striker Didier Drogba coming back into his old hungry form hasn’t done any harm at all, but the Blues will lose him early next year to the African Cup of Nations, and with Nicolas Anelka already departing, Chelsea, will at some point have to rely on the contributions of Fernando Torres. Villas Boas has stated that the Spaniard is not for sale in January. Chelsea have suffered two defeats on the road this season, but have turned things around after winning their last two away trips. That has taken them to four wins and a draw away from home, along with those two defeats, which is a 57% win percentage outside of Stamford Bridge, which isn’t great, but could be worse. Chelsea have fired in 12 away goals this season, and have conceded just six, meaning that they are, on average, scoring twice as many as they are conceding away from. However, after struggling for so long this season to keep a clean sheet, the Blues have produced two in their last three, and have scored eight goals in their last three league games as well. So are definitely starting to click, helped out by Villas Boas sending out a settled side, no doubt. Chelsea have been at the most dangerous in front of goal in the last fifteen minutes of games, and have scored first in 60% of their matches, not as high as you may imagine. Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge both have seven goals each for the season, being joint top scorers for their club. 80% of Chelsea’s matches this season have ended over 2.5 goals.
Head to Head: The record stands firmly in favour of Chelsea in this head to head. Out of nine matches between the two sides at Wigan, Chelsea have won seven of them, and Wigan just twice. There have been no draws between them at Wigan, and the Blues have scored more than twice as many goals as Wigan have in this fixture. Chelsea average 2.56 goals in this fixture. Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 6-0 away win for Chelsea, but the home fixture before that in the previous season, resulted in a shock 3-1 win for Wigan. All in all though, Wigan have only beaten Chelsea three times out of seventeen encounters in total. The Blues look something of a sure bet.
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There is a massive battle at the bottom of the Premier League this weekend, where Wolves v Wigan take centre stage. Wigan are rock bottom of the pile with just five points this season, and are on a terrible streak of seven straight defeats. Wolves really aren’t faring much better, as they have not won for eight matches now, picking up just two draws in that period, so both of them seem like viable relegation candidates at this stage of the season. So, with just one win between the two sides in their last sixteen league matches combined, who will come out on top on Saturday when they meet? Both of the sides have netted 17 goals a piece, but neither have been able to stand up to the defensive rigours needed to survive in the Barclays Premier League. Online bookmaker BetFred have a good football betting promotion running for this relegation scrap, which focuses on Wolves’ Jamie O’Hara. If Jamie O’Hara, who has one league goal under his belt so far, scores the last goal of the match, then BetFred will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets placed pre match on Wolves v Wigan. So this is a great opportunity to rack up some betting insurance on the markets. In the First Goalscorer market for example, we have Wolves duo Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher at 11/2 favourites, with Hugo Rodallega at 7/1 and Franco di Santo out at eights. So there is always good value in this market, and with the coverage from the BetFred Wolves v Wigan Money Back Special, it may be worth dabbling into. It will be a big Sunday afternoon for both of these clubs. Wigan can’t afford to lose any more ground, as they are already three points behind Wolves who are fourth from bottom. A massive three points on offer for someone willing to take it.
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8th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Wigan really need to break out of their mould of being Premier League strugglers. They have a very good manager at the held, a good talent developing system at the club, but they just need to pack their side with a few more stars in order to start pressing forward. Wigan could easily have been a mid table team last term if they had had the ability to close out games and not keep getting sucked into draws. There is a feeling that there is more to come from Wigan, but they are treading a thin line if they don’t invest in players. They are one a handful of Premier League this season which could really go either way. There is definite potential there at Wigan, but if it does not get fulfilled quickly, if the players can’t deliver what the manager wants, then something may have to give. Wigan Premier League betting has a large focus on them being relegated. Do they have more to offer from their ranks?
One of the strengths and assets that Wigan Athletic have is in their manager Roberto Martinez. There may be many a Latics fan who will disagree with this, but the Spaniard is a tactically smart man, and likes to get his team playing attractive football. The board seem to have a lot of faith in him, and that continuity should pay off in the end. Because of Wigan’s good ethics in developing players, it means that they are good targets for other clubs to come in and raid, and they have lost players during the summer. The on loan Tom Cleverley has made his way back to parent club Manchester United, and Wigan also sold Charles N’Zogbia off to Aston Villa. Hugo Rodellega is also heavily involved in the transfer rumour mill, as he wants against from the club to pursue bigger dreams of success. Wigan may also lose James McCarthy as well, as he attracted a lot of attention for his great work in the middle of the park. It seems as if this summer that it will be more about who Wigan can hold on to, rather than who they will be bringing in to make their side better. Martinez insists that he is pretty happy with the level of depth in his squad, but that can’t really be the case. He needs some good transfers coming in, if he is going to more than flirt with relegation again this season. They have secured the services of Ali Al Habsi, a keeper from Bolton, to a long term contract. He is the bright spark at the back for Wigan, whose defence does need a bit of fortifying. They also need to find some firepower up front as well. Not quite sure where it is all going to come from at the moment, so Martinez really may have to dig deep into his ranks. Still, the Wigan style won’t change, and it will be a matter of whether they can find a way to push forward or not.
It was a season of survival for Wigan Athletic last year, and they will want better this season. They were ok going forward and ok at the back, but they just couldn’t turn drawn games into wins. That was pretty much the only thing which let them down, as they played good football and made their opposition really have to work for points against them. There is always room for improvement of course, and that will only come with money.
2011/12 Wigan Athletic Premier League Betting Projection:
Well, for all of their faults in not being able to put games to bed, Wigan actually played some decent football last year. It may have been their own downfall, but they weren’t afraid to be expansive and try and play the right way under boss Roberto Martinez. Wigan were arguably the most accomplished footballing side of the teams who went down to the relegation wire last season. They pulled out the stops at the end of the season, going on a four match unbeaten run and winning their last two. It was perhaps their penchant for drawing matches which ultimately helped them out in the end, and in their fifteen drawn Premier League matches last season, it indicates that there is not too much wrong with the club. Yes, they do annually struggle against relegation, but they make life difficult for opposing teams, and you feel that they are not too far away from getting over that threshold of being a team which should be hovering around mid table. They are not quite the sum of all their parts yet, and that is the problem. There is nothing wrong with their approach to the game, it has just been a lack of quality in the personnel at the end of the day which has done Wigan Athletic in. Is there going to be a big change, a big swing away from those same symptoms this year? Unfortunately it may not be, not unless some serious cash is injected into filling out the squad with a few quality players. It is not going to take much, but Wigan could easily propel themselves forward. If they don’t invest then they will probably struggle. Relegation is likely to be a closely ran thing again this season, and Wigan need a strong, confident start to avoid getting sucked in all too easily again. They need to have more confidence in their own ability all season. Their first three games sees them face each of the newly promoted teams, so a huge chance to get off to a great start.
Finishing Position Wigan Athletic: Threat of Relegation
Premier League Relegation Odds:
2/1 at 888Sport
First Three Fixtures
August 13th: Wigan v Norwich
August 20th: Swansea v Wigan
August 27th: Wigan v QPR
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