It was always going to be a tough first season at Villa Park for the former Birmingham manager, especially with the books needing to be balanced, although no points from trips to the DW Stadium and Ewood Park could really see the team in trouble.
Wigan are a 19/10 chance (Stan James £150 free bets) to claim victory and the Latics could amazingly climb out of the relegation zone with a win despite only accruing 19 points from 25 matches thus far.
Roberto Martinez’s side performed the great escape last season to remain in the Premier League and the Spaniard has had a fortnight to prepare for this match, with Wigan having failed to win at home since August.
Villa do have three away wins to their name include that Christmas victory at Stamford Bridge, although that does seem a long time ago and there is apparently player dissatisfaction within the team camp.
That said, the Villans were unlucky to lose at Newcastle in their last away game and can be backed at 8/5 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to silence the boo boys with a win in the north-west.
Robbie Keane will play the last game of his loan spell at the DW Stadium and the Irishman could be a popular wager at 7/1 (Bet Victor free bets) as the Irishman looks to go out with a bang. McLeish has intimated that he would like to sign the forward permanently after the World Cup.