Wigan Vs Preston Betting Tip: Both NOT to Score – 8 February 2020

Goals could be at a premium at The DW?

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Wigan Athletic Vs Preston North End

Saturday 8th February 2020 – 12:30 Kick-Off
English Championship
Pick: Both Teams NOT to Score
Odds: Evens
Bookmaker: Betfair

(All betting odds displayed were correct at time of writing: 5th February 2020 at 16:00)

Preview: Saturday’s early kick-off in the Championship sends a Preston side with an underwhelming away record to The DW Stadium, a venue they last won at in 2000 and where an reinvigorated Wigan await. It’s a game which can be viewed live on Sky Sports.
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Wigan Preview – Latics targeting three wins on the spin?

It is often said that lightning never strikes twice but Wigan (22nd – W7 D8 L15) could beg to differ, after last week saw them secure a second smash-and-grab 1-0 win away to Leeds United in as many visits. This after departing Yorkshire with the exact same scoreline during the previous term. It was undoubtedly hard-earned, which was something manager Paul Cook eluded to after the game when praising how “manfully” his team defended for large periods.

Beating Leeds at Elland Road is eye-catching to say the least. Their opponents are chasing automatic promotion at the end of the season whereas avoiding relegation is the limit of their own aspirations. Every meaningful metric suggested it was incredibly fortunate – far less possession, attempts and attempts on target – but it was a momentous win in the end, providing The Latics with their first back-to-back wins of the campaign having registered a 2-1 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday the game before.

Wigan have now won three out of five games (W3 L2) down in the Championship since the turn of the year, which is a significant improvement on the no win from thirteen successive fixtures prior. The latter run, however, serving as a reminder that despite all this newfound positive momentum, this is a team that has found this level extremely tough going thus far and occupy the relegation zone for good reason. Meanwhile, The DW faithful has witnessed only one league win in over three months (W1 D3 L4).

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Preston Preview – Can Lilywhites make it back-to-back victories on the road?

There remains little cause for concern at Deepdale, where Preston (7th – W13 D8 L9) are leading the way when it comes to points accrued (33), wins (10) and goals scored (32). Last week’s 1-1 draw at home with Swansea City will therefore not alarm anyone in this respect, even if manager Alex Neil wasn’t overly keen on the general performance, particularly the start, despite his team taking the lead before the half-hour mark through new recruit Scott Sinclair.

Yet performances away from Lancashire have continually left a lot to be desired and are seriously hampering all progress towards establishing a credible promotion push. Whether it be the number of points earned (14), wins (10) or goals scored (11), the away form of Preston is hopelessly lagging behind. It also explains why a team boasting the best figures at home currently finds itself reflecting on quite how they are seventh and not, at the very least, occupying a play-off berth at this moment in time.

However, in beating Barnsley 3-0 at Oakwell in their latest away encounter, The Lilywhites will hope to have turned a corner on their travels. Whether anyone buys into this notion, though, remains to be seen: before that aforementioned victory away to a team second from bottom in the table, Preston registered only three of the last eighteen available points when out on the road (D2 L4); scored just twice (in 1-1 draws at Leeds and Cardif) and recorded blanks at Derby, Hull, QPR and Cardiff.
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Betting Summary

In the first meeting of the campaign, Preston ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Not only was that a long time ago, in the second fixture back in August, it was also at Deepdale, where Alex Neil’s men are much more adept. A repeat scoreline is therefore unlikely. The Lilywhites only recently ended a six-game away run without a win and last won at The DW against Wigan in 2000, losing three and drawing two of their five encounters staged there ever since.

Wigan Vs Preston – Key Facts:

  • Wigan won their last two league games – against Sheff Wed (2-1) and Leeds (0-1) – to make it successive victories in the league for the first time this season.
  • Preston beating Barnsley 3-0 in their latest away fixture ended a run of six such matches without a win (D2 L4).
  • None of the previous five meetings delivered both teams scoring, while Preston are without a win away to Wigan in five visits (D2 L3).


Furthermore, Wigan should be in buoyant mood after last week’s stunning success away to second-placed Leeds – a second straight win for Paul Cook’s team, who are now two points off safety. Both sides average less than a goal per game in their respective home and away matches this season. Moreover, all five previous meetings finished with no more than one team on the scoresheet. So this could be a tight affair.

Best Betting Odds for Wigan Vs Preston

Wigan Athletic – 7/4 Unibet
Draw – 11/5 WilliamHill
Preston North End – 9/5 Betway