Leeds have won their last two league games and if they keep that going until the end of the season, they will guarantee automatic promotion. This isn’t a bad home game for them as well with Wigan struggling to avoid relegation. The Latics are two points clear of the drop zone. Read our Leeds v Wigan betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.)
Leeds took a home win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, so that is back to back league successes for them. At Elland Road, they have produced a W14 D3 L4 record this season and they have won five of their last six there. Leeds have won their last two on home soil and this one will be their penultimate home league game for the season. Leeds have averaged 1.7 goals per home game this season. Defensively they have conceded at under a goal per home fixture.
Leeds have banked a clean sheet in 43% of their home games this season. They have not been involved in a home draw in any of their last 13 at Elland Road. Leeds have scored two-thirds of their home goals in the second period of fixtures. They have opened the scoring in 12 of their home fixtures. Leeds have the joint-best home record this season in the Championship alongside leaders Norwich. They have the third-best defence as well and the Whites are the fourth highest scorers.
Leeds earned a 2-1 away win over Wigan earlier this season
Leeds are unbeaten in their last four against the Latics
Wigan are W2 D2 L1 in their five previous games at Elland Road
The overall head to head is even at four wins each and four draws
Wigan held out for a good point at home against Norwich on the weekend. They are only the two points above the drop zone though heading back into the weekend so have some work to do. It has been a poor season away from home that they have had, with just a W1 D4 L16 record behind them. The Latics have averaged under a goal per away game, while they have collected exactly two goals per road game on average.
Wigan have lost four of their last five out on their travels, but they have scored in all but one of their last seven away from home. They have not won any of their last 19 league away games though and in that span of matches haven’t earned a clean sheet either. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five away games. Each of those five went over 2.5 goals. Wigan have scored 74% of their away goals in the first period of fixtures.
Leeds surely have to take their chances in this one at Elland Road. Wigan have had a dreadful season on the road and the Whites can pounce in this one. Leeds to win to nil looks a solid enough proposition.
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Norwich are within touching distance of the Championship title now. They continued their long undefeated streak of form in midweek with a point against Reading. It is a road trip that they take on this weekend as the visit Wigan, who are struggling near the relegation zone, so this is a huge game for the Latics too. Read our Wigan v Norwich betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 12th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
The survival hopes of Wigan took another hit in midweek as they lost 2-1 away at Hull. That means Wigan have won only one of their last 11 championship fixtures. Their away form has been pretty much dreadful all season long, but they are on a seven-match undefeated streak of form on home soil. They have drawn four of their last five at home and one of those was against playoff hopefuls Middlesbrough and recently they went to Bristol City and held out for a point. So they do have it in them but getting wins on the board is a massively tough ask for them.
The overall home form of Wigan this season reads W9 D7 L4 and they have scored an average of 1.25 goals per home fixture. Their defence has been good on home soil as they average under a goal per game there this season. In total Wigan have claimed a clean sheet in 45% of their home fixtures. Six of their nine home wins have been by just the one goal margin only and they have only been trailing at the halftime break in four home fixtures this season. There are only four teams currently in the Championship who have scored fewer goals than the Latics have done
Norwich earned a 1-0 home win over Wigan earlier this season
The Canaries are undefeated in their last three against the Latics
Norwich have taken four points from their last two league visits to Wigan
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
Norwich are flying on a nine-match undefeated streak of form at the top of the table. They had won eight in a row before being held to a surprise 2-2 home draw against Reading in midweek. They won’t be too phased by that though. The Canaries have won their last four away games and they have produced at least two goals in four of their last six on the road. In total, league leaders Norwich have averaged 1.85 goals per away game this season, with 60% of their road games going above 2.5 goals.
Norwich have hit the back of the net in each of their last ten away games, scoring in each of their last 22 home and away combined. Norwich away record this season stands at W11 D7 L2 and defensively they have been tight, averaging under a goal per game against. The Canaries have bagged a clean sheet in 30% of away games, while both teams have scored in 70% of their road fixtures. In eleven of their away games, Norwich have been level at the half time break, scoring 65% of their away goals in the second half of games. Norwich have the best away record in the Championship as well as being the top scorers.
Norwich are just gunning for the finish line at this point and should be able to crack open Wigan’s defence in this one. There hasn’t been enough from the Latics to suggest that they are going to pull off an upset. Away win.
13th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The teams will get a break next weekend with the third round of the FA Cup swinging into action. So this is going to be an important push for three points for the teams on Tuesday. It will be a great way to start the new year with three points in the bag. Over the weekend the top two of Leeds and Norwich both lost.
Will they get back to winning ways? Will West Brom be able to muscle their way into the top-two? Down at the other end, Ipswich are now seven points adrift of safety after yet another defeat.
Here are our Championship Predictions and Tips for January 1st, 2019 and these are all 3.00 pm kickoffs.
Villa drew for the third time in five matches as they had to settle for a point out at Preston on the weekend. The Villains have lost only one of their last ten games now but they haven’t managed a win in any of their last three on home soil (D2 L1). Their defence keeps failing them time and time again. QPR are having a surprisingly good season and are unbeaten in four (W3 D1) after taking a point at Reading on the weekend. Their away form hasn’t been great but a win at Notts Forest in their last road game shows what they are capable off.
QPR are more than good enough to get a point at Villa Park. Rangers haven’t conceded in their last three and while they aren’t a high-scoringside, they can frustrate the hosts. The draw is at 14/5 odds* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 9:49 pm)
The Tigers stepped up to the plate on the weekend as they sprung a surprise win out at league leaders Leeds. It was a solid 2-0 victory as well for the Tigers. That improved their current form to W5 D2 in their last seven and it was their fourth win on the bounce. They fired themselves up to mid-table safety on the weekend. They take on Bolton who can’t shake off the attention of the drop zone right beneath them. The Trotters were held to 0-0 draw at home against Stoke and are winless in ten on the road, losing their last three.
The Tigers are flowing with confidence at the moment and Hull to win to nil at 7/5 is a great looking option* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 9:49 pm). Bolton aren’t a threat in front of goal.
The Tractor Boys just can’t winning momentum going to help them get away from the foot of the table. They are five points behind Reading who are second from bottom now. Ipswich go at home in midweek against Millwall who are just above the drop zone after having picked up back to back wins. That’s the kind of thing Ipswich can only dream of at the moment. Millwall got themselves a fantastic three points at home against Nottingham Forest on the weekend. Their back to back wins have been at home though and the Lions have lost their last two away games and are searching for their first away success of the season.
If Millwall are ever going to break that winless duck away from home this season, it has to be in this one. They have form behind them and the simple option here is backing the away win at 13/10 odds* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 9:49 pm)
This is a mid-table clash between the two sides who are sat level on 35 points each after 25 games of the season down. The Potters could only manage a 0-0 draw out at the struggling Bolton over the weekend. They are carrying a big home form though having won their last two on home soil to nil. They were wins against Ipswich and Millwall who are both in the bottom five though. They’ll get a tougher challenge from Bristol City. The Robins are undefeated in seven games now after edging Rotherham on the weekend. They don’t score a lot, but they score frequently.
The Robins may have enough about them to go and get a win. They did recently win at Birmingham who are up in seventh place. This just has a draw written all over it through. The outright draw is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 9:49 pm)
The Latics have slipped back lately and they need that great home form to resurface again. After such a great season on home soil where they lost just one of their opening ten home games, they have lost back to back fixtures there. It was that home form keeping them afloat too because it’s been rough on the road for them. Can the Latics rediscover their winning touch? It’s going to be tough with Sheffield United coming to town. The Blades are up into fourth after having posted back to back wins over Blackburn and Derby in the last weekend. They scored exactly three goals in both of those as well. With a four math u run going away from home, they could extend their winning streak.
The Blades look the more likely of the two to get the job done. It’s been good stuff from them over the last weekend and Wigan have a big slump to try and dig themselves out of. The straightforward away win at 11/10 odds is a good proposition* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 9:49 pm).
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
There should be a really interesting clash here because Wigan have done really well on home soil up in the Championship. That is in stark contrast to some abysmal away form. Leeds have managed to sustain their lofty position in the league in spite of them having only claimed the two wins in their last seven outings in the Championship. Read our Wigan v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 31, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Wigan have now lost back to back Championship games after they suffered a loss out at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United last weekend. However, both defeats were away from home and the Latics have superb home form. Wigan have not tasted defeat in the Championship on home soil this season where they have produced a superb W5 D2 record from their seven games. This season so far they have hosted one of the current top five and they picked up a 1-0 win over West Brom in that fixture. Under 2.5 goals is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 3:35 pm) and less than half of their home games have gone over the goal line.
All of Wigan’s home successes this season have been by a one-goal margin and three of their last four wins at home have been by a 1-0 scoreline. Wigan to win by a one-goal margin is at 15/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 3:35 pm). Defensively they have done so well, especially for a newly promoted side, as they have only conceded five goals in seven home games. They are on a three-match streak of clean sheets earned at home in the league.
Just to sum up the amount of Wigan’s home form, which is clearly keeping them afloat, 85% of Wigan’s points this season in the Championship have been earned on home soil. 77% of the goals conceded by Wigan this season have come away from home. So there are clear trends with them in terms of output in home and away games. 61% of the goals that Wigan have scored this season have been in the first half of matches. The Latics have gone out and opened the scoring in six of their seven home fixtures this season which is another good trend.
Each of the last six meetings between these have gone under 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six league meetings
From six Championship meetings, things are even with two wins each
Wigan are W2 D1 L1 in four previous league home games against Leeds
Leeds are clinging on to second place in the Championship. Last weekend they were held at Elland Road by Nottingham Forest in a 1-1 draw. That is four points from their last two games in the second tier now. Leeds are W3 D3 L1 for the season on their travels but they have won just one of their last four on the road (D2 L1). They haven’t been faltering in front of goal though because they are on a nine-match scoring streak in the Championship. Both teams to score is at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 3:35 pm) and is a good betting tip for Wigan v Leeds.
Leeds have averaged a goal per game against them on the road this season and two of the three away wins that Leeds have produced have been by a three-goal margin (against Norwich and Derby). So far away from home this season in the league Leeds have not conceded an away goal in the final fifteen minutes of any match. They have only netted the first goal of the game in three of their fixtures away from Elland Road, while they have been leading at half time just twice on their travels. This not going to be a particularly easy game for them. The shortest-priced option in the correct score market is the 1-1 draw at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 4th, 2018 at 3:35 pm).
A low scoring game looks set for this one, especially taking a glance back at the recent history between the two. The impressive thing about Wigan’s home form is their defence and they may have enough to stick in there and pick themselves up a good point in a draw.
1st November 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Wigan have done really well following their promotion up to the Championship. They are sitting in the top ten heading into the midweek action. Swansea are right there with them level on sixteen points so this is going to be a pretty big clash between the pair of them. Read our Wigan v Swansea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2018 at 11.35 p.m.)
The Latics have done really well this season but there is a clear trend going on with them. They have won five games this term and four of those have cropped up on home soil. They are undefeated at home in the Championship this season with a W4 D1 record posted. Each of their four wins have been by a one-goal margin as well. A Wigan to win by a one-goal margin is at 13/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 8:58 pm). They have won their last three in a row at home.
Given their output, under 2.5 goals is at 3/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 8:58 pm). The Latics have scored in each of their home games this season and they have not been trailing at half time in any of their home games so far. 64% of the goals that they have scored in the second division this season been in the first half of matches. Wigan have the joint best home form in the entire Championship this season (alongside Brentford and Middlesbrough).
The Swans have a W4 D4 L2 record for the season so it has been pretty solid stuff from them along the way. Over the weekend they produced a good 3-0 home win over QPR on home soil and that snapped a three-game sequence of no goals scored by the Swans. They have averaged exactly a goal per game this season in the Championship and have failed to score in half of their league matches, home and away combined. Both teams not to score is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 8:58 pm).
Away from home this season the Swans are W2 D2 L1 and have collected just the one win in their last four. Going back to their lack of scoring, they have failed to score in three of their last four games away from the Liberty Stadium. Swans have yet to score a single first-half away goal this season as well and three of their four road goals have come in the final fifteen minutes of matches. To be fair their defence has been good. They haven’t shipped an away goal in the first half of any match and have conceded just three goals in five road games.
The last time that Wigan and Swansea met up was in the 2012/13 Premier League season. Swansea collected a win on both occasions that season, each of them by a one-goal margin. Swansea are actually on a three-match winning streak against the Latics and are unbeaten in four against them. Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings in all competitions.
We can only predict a low-scoring game cropping up in this one really. The Latics have done well on home soil and Wigan are a pretty solid defensive side. Still, in looking for a winner, we fancy Wigan to come up with a one-goal margin success.
30th September 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Wigan have made a pretty decent return to the second tier of English football and they picked a good three points at home in midweek. Their defence will probably come under some pressure on Friday night as they face up to Bristol City. The Robins were on a big five-match winning streak before losing at West Brom in midweek. Read our Wigan v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
After picking up a good midweek win at home over Hull, that took Wigan’s overall home form this season to W3 D1 in the Championship. That’s not bad at all for a newly promoted side and it suggests that they can hold their own in this one. We like the look of the draw in the match outright for this one, but we are going to look at the 5/1 odds appeal* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) on the 1-1 correct score.
Wigan have scored at least two goals in three of their four home games this season which has been a great output from them and we feel that they can stick in there against a good Bristol City side. Will Grigg and Nick Powell are the joint-top-scorers for them this season with three goals each and the former is at 3/2 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
Bristol City had put together a fantastic five-match winning streak, all without conceding a single goal. That form saw them shoot up the table. But it fell apart for them in midweek as they were taken out 4-2 at the Hawthorns against West Brom. So that will leave them to pick up the pieces a bit and sometimes it’s hard to bounce back immediately from setbacks like that. The one thing that it did at least do was continue their good scoring form. They have only failed to net in one league match this season.
Andreas Weimann has been in good scoring form for them lately but Famara Diedhiou was on the scoresheet for them in midweek and he is at 13/2 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). Out on the road, this season Bristol City are now W2 D1 L2 and they have picked up a clean sheet in two of those. Considering they were on a five-match clean-sheet streak it was surprising that they collapsed so badly against the Baggies. Can they respond?
Bristol City banked back to back wins over Wigan the last time that they were together in the Championship. That was in the 2016/17 season. That is their only previous meetings in the Championship. There’s not a great deal of head to head history between them with Bristol City being 12-5 ahead with seven wins.
We are looking at the draw for our Wigan v Bristol City predictions and that is because the Latics have done so well on home soil this season. They will be taking on a City side who will be a little deflated after having had their winning streak snapped. Draw.
19th September 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The early season is looking like a bit of a bust for Stoke as three games into the new term they are yet to pick up a win. So it has been far from a smooth transition down from the top flight after their relegation last season. Wigan were promoted up to the second tier last season and they look to be finding their feet after a mixed bag of results. Read our betting tips for Stoke v Wigan.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.)
The Potters are still seeking their first win of the new season. They opened in poor style going down 3-1 at Leeds and then they have produced back to back drawing games against Brentford and Preston. To be fair that’s not a particularly easy sequence of games in the context of the Championship. The alarming thing will be the amount of goals they are conceding and with no clean sheet in sight so far for them, both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.) and that leads our betting tips for Stoke v Wigan. This could end up being a really entertaining affair. Benik Afobe is their top scorer for the season with two goals to his name so far.
Afobe is the 5/1 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.) for the fixture. There should be chances for the Potters in this one against the Latics who have struggled a bit at the back. They had that rough time of things in the Premier League last season and having kept the bulk of their squad together from that, it is a surprise that they haven’t started stronger. Conceding an average of two goals per game though so far definitely points to some issues for Gary Rowett’s troops. We are going to lean on the game going over 2.5 goals at 21/10 which looks great value considering the defensive display of these two so far* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.).
The Latics are going to take some time to settle into life in the Championship after their well-deserved promotion from League One last season. They opened the season with a thrilling 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday, then they went out and lost to Aston Villa by a 3-2 scoreline. Over the weekend they played out a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. So the goals have certainly not been a problem for them and Nick Powell has tallied up three goals for the season so far in the Championship.
Powell is a 12/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.) for Wednesday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium. The look as if they are going to continue to entertain and last season out on the road in League One the Latics earned a tremendous W16 D3 L4 record and averaged over two goals per game. The quality that they will face is higher this season obviously, but they don’t appear to have lost that scoring touch.
Wigan are the ones who are ahead in the recent head to head with a W2 D4 record going against the Potters. The last time they met was in the 2012/13 Premier League with both meetings ending in a 2-2 draw. Interestingly the last four drawn matches between the two clubs have all been 2-2 results. The two wins for Wigan in that sequence were both with a clean sheet.
Two sides who are probably going to concede unless things change. We can actually see a bit of value in Wigan pulling something out of the game in this one and because of the goals they are scoring a Wigan-Draw Double Chance is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.) and leads our Stoke v Wigan betting tips.
22nd August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Are Southampton saving themselves for the FA Cup? That is a pretty unlikely scenario and they have just not been performing. But with the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrini will that give them a shake-up? It will be interesting to see how they will perform with the change having been made. League One side Wigan have already taken out major Premier League opposition and won’t have anything to fear in this one.
Southampton 23/20, Draw 9/4, Wigan 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018)
What a journey it has been for Wigan this season. They are in the hunt for promotion up to the Championship and they have had nothing short of an epic FA Cup run. When they started their campaign against League Two side Crawley last November, they probably wouldn’t have imagined how far they would get. They were up against Premier League side Bournemouth in the third round and beat the Cherries 3-0 back at the DW Stadium after almost winning on the south coast. Then they brushed aside West Ham 2-0 at home and then came their biggest success. A 1-0 home win over FA Cup favourites Manchester City thanks to a late strike by Will Grigg. Wigan to win to nil at William Hill has to have some appeal therefore in this one at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). They have been so strong at the DW Stadium all season and have lost just one of their last thirteen there and have won five of their last seven on home soil (D1 L1). Wigan have earned eight clean sheets in their last ten home fixtures.
It’s hard to not see the appeal in them and a Wigan 1-0 in the William Hill correct score market is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). There have only been the three games previously between these. The first was an FA Cup meeting which Southampton won 3-0 at home in 1986. Then the two were paired up in the 2012/13 Premier League with Wigan taking four points away from the two games after winning away and drawing at home.
Southampton were abysmal in a league loss against Newcastle last weekend, the players just looked as if they had thrown in the towel. It’ll be interesting to see if that was just a move to get Mauricio Pellegrino out of the door. Southampton are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and both wins in what sequence were against the struggling West Brom. The Saints have edged their way through the FA Cup this season with one-goal margin wins over Fulham, Watford and then West Brom. Their away from isn’t all that bad really recently with a W3 D3 L1 record posted, it was just the manner of that loss at Newcastle which really hurt, because the Saints were bad. They don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last five road games and under 2.5 goals at William Hill returns 6/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). The Saints will be in danger of marching into trouble at the DW.
The Latics are the ones with the appeal in the fixture because of what they have achieved on home soil in the FA Cup already this season. It’s just hard to know if Southampton just stopped playing under Pellegrino or if they are just that bad. Either way, back the home side.
15th March 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is a repeat of the 2013 FA Cup Final in which Wigan took a 2-1 victory over the Citizens. Since then the fortunes of the two clubs have gone in different directions. Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title at the moment while Wiga n are striving to get out of League 1 and back up to the championship. Can the Latics pull off another huge success over Manchester City in the FA Cup?
Man City 1/7, Draw 7/1, Wigan 14/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.)
Wigan should have a great evening out on home soil in trying to deal with Manchester City. It will evoke memories of their famous FA Cup win over them back in the summer of 2013. The Latics have put together a good league campaign this season and are challenging for a spot in the Championship next season. They have done pretty well in the FA Cup too having beaten West Ham in the last round, posting a comfortable 2-0 win at the DW against the Hammers. In the third round, they also took down Premier League opposition as they pummelled Bournemouth in a replay at the DW Stadium as well. The Latics have won four of their last five games played now in all competitions and their home form is pretty strong with a nine-match unbeaten streak going (W6 D3). Remarkably they have not conceded a single goal in their last six home games now and have conceded in just one of their last nine at home in all competition. Again with two of their last three home games coming against Premier League sides, that’s pretty good. It may be worth a flutter on both teams to score at bet365 for 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 11:37 p.m.). They will have a good go at this as there really is nothing for the Latics to lose.
These two met twice in the 2013/14 season, once in the League Cup, which Man City won combat 5-0 at home and then in the FA Cup. Wigan won that 2-1 at the Etihad which followed up their FA Cup final success over the Citizens in the summer of 2013. So the Latics have won two and lost two FA Cup ties against Manchester City in their history. Overall in the head to head across all competitions, Manchester City are 15-8 up with five drawn matches. The Latics have lost eight of their last ten against City, the two success that they had in that sequence were those FA Cup wins. Wigan are on a three-match losing streak at home against the Citizens, all without having scored a goal.
Manchester City will be expected to get through this tie and in the bet365 correct score market a Manchester City 2-0 and a Manchester City 3-0 are joint 11/2 favourite options* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 11:37 p.m.). City fired off five goals in a big success against Leicester in the Premier League on the weekend, with Sergio Aguero getting four of those. They fired four past FC Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday as well. It is a busy month for the Citizens with the return of the Champions League and the EFL Cup final against Arsenal to come as well. Man City’s away form on the domestic front reads W3 D3 L1 in their last seven so they have been just a little bit wobbly on their travels. Still, they have plenty of scoring power, but as they may not totally be at full strength it is worth backing both teams to get on the scoresheet. The Citizens have only lost twice away from home in all competition this season and the worst case scenario for them would probably be a draw.
It is pretty hard to imagine that Manchester City won’t find enough quality and class to get through this game. Wigan have done tremendously while this season and they are worth backing to get on the scoresheet at the very least. Manchester City to win both teams to score looks a viable option.
14th February 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Wigan were always going to be one of those sides in the FA Cup draw that no Premier League side would really have wanted to go up against away from home. But the Hammers are the ones who have drawn the short straw for this one. The Latics have already destroyed Bournemouth at home in the Cup and will have their sights set on another Premier League scalp. West Ham are 6/4 at Betfair to win, with Wigan at 19/10 and the draw at 23/10* (Betting Odds taken on January 22nd, 2018 at 11:39 p.m.)
The Latics have put together a very strong campaign in League One, topping the table there currently. They went up against Bournemouth in the last round of the FA Cup and very nearly won at the Vitaliy, but the Cherries equalised on them right at the end of the match. But that didn’t stop the League One side as they destroyed the Cherries 3-0 back at the DW Stadium in the replay. That is the threat that they are going to pose and this won’t be an easy game for the Hammers at all. Wigan have not lost in their last fourteen games played home and away across all options and at home their current form reads W4 D3. The thing about the Latics is that they are rock solid at the back. They have taken a clean sheet in six of their last seven home games and that may tempt punters to have a look at Wigan to win to nil at Betfair. They are certainly going to be in this tie and are capable of pulling off another upset.
The last time that these two clubs were together was in the 2012/13 Premier League season and they traded home wins then. They did also meet in the Capital One Cup during the season as well and the Latics took a big 4-1 in at West Ham. There have only been the two previous FA Cup games between West Ham and Wigan and the Hammers won both of them. This is the first FA Cup clash since back in 2004 when the Hammers won 2-1 on the road. In the overall head to head, it is West Ham who are ahead 11-8 with the two drawn matches. Five of the last six games between the two of them have seen at least three goals and therefore over 2.5 goals at Betfair looks a great option to roll with for this FA Cup tie and it’s 11/10 odds at Betfair to happen* (betting odds taken on January 24th, 2018 at 6:52 p.m.).
It will be interesting to see how West Ham handles themselves. They are on a good unbeaten stretch of form going W2 D5 in their last seven games. That’s a lot of drawn matches though and they went out on the road in the third round to face an in-form Shrewsbury side who are third in the League One title race. The Hammers could only manage a 0-0 draw away then before going out to record a 1-0 home win in the replay during extra time. West Ham have been struggling just a little bit in front of goal recently, failing to score in two of their last four games. They do look more stable though than they were earlier in the season and they are four matches unbeaten on their travels with a W1 D3 record. They have however won just two of their last nine games away from the London Stadium. So there’s clear room for improvement. This is going to be sticky afternoon for the Premier League side and both teams not to score at Betfair has to be worth a look.
The Hammers needed a replay to get past Shrewsbury in the last round and this is another awkward tie for them. It just has the look of being a decent option to back the underdogs at home to have their moment in the sun. Home win as the Latics can hold out again a slightly mis-firing West Ham front line.
25th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting