Wigan Athletic collected five points from their opening three matches, although that has been as good as it gets for Roberto Martinez’s side who have mustered just 11 more points from their subsequent 21 games to sit rock bottom.
Nobody should criticise the Spaniard too much considering his limited resources although a defeat in this match will spell real trouble for a Latics team who have been defying the odds for the past two seasons.
Wigan are 14/5 (Stan James £150 free bets) to get the win that they so badly need, although it has been ten games without victory and five of the last six have ended in defeat. Few are regarding Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton as a corner turner and another point at 5/2 (bet365 free bet) might be the visitors’ best hope.
Bolton are four points better off after 24 games played and they proved too strong for the same opponents at the DW Stadium earlier this term when Wanderers’ 3-1 win suggested that brighter times lay ahead.
However, last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich has Owen Coyle’s team back in the bottom three and the manager will hope that a recent resurgence that helped them take four points from home games with Liverpool and Arsenal will mean victory in this contest.
The home win will be a popular bet at 21/20 (Bet Victor) and another 3-1 victory in their favour looks an attractive proposition at 14/1.