Over the past few seasons, Wigan Athletic have stayed in the Premier League against all the odds although this current campaign is threatening to get the better of them. Roberto Martinez’s side have just nine points from their 14 games played and this ratio is clearly not good enough to remain in the top flight.
A recent 2-1 win at Sunderland was enough to see Steve Bruce dismissed as manager, although Martinez continues to have the backing of owner Dave Whelan despite the team’s plight. However, Wigan fans saw their team embarrassed last weekend when Arsenal came to town and put four past opponents who won’t forsake their playing style at any price.
The Latics are as big as 5/1 (Betfred – £25 free bets) to win at The Hawthorns this weekend, although the team simply doesn’t look good enough to be prospering at this level at the moment. It was a surprise not to see Hugo Rodallega featuring against the Gunners and the Colombian is an 8/1 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to score the first goal of this particular game.
Even so, this is a match where Roy Hodgson will be eyeing up the three points and several punters will be availing themselves of the 8/11 about this happening. The Baggies are treading water nicely in the Premier League after recently claiming four points from games against Bolton and QPR, with the 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham not at all disgraceful based on how Spurs are playing.
Albion certainly have more cutting edge when Shane Long is involved and the Republic of Ireland striker has scored twice in his past three games, with Paddy Power offering a tempting 13/10 that he scores at any stage of this contest against a Wigan team that might be ripe for the taking.