Arsenal’s foray into the FA Cup represents an ideal vacation from their dismal Premier League form, but little Wigan won’t be fazed by the Gunners’ superior stature as another upset beckons.
It surely won’t be long before brassic bookies start pricing the Latics up at odds-on ahead of games against football’s finest should their giant-slaying exploits continue, so snap up the 11/2 about a win for Uwe Rosler’s men while the getting’s good.
The 12/25-rated north Londoners are the next colossal force that will fall at their feet as another Wembley wobble awaits, but if the Lancashire club’s monster price doesn’t tempt, the 21/2 about a Wigan win and over 2.5-goal combination certainly will.
Reigning FA Cup kings, the blue and white clad club haven’t lost in 12 outings in the competition.
Their inexplicable streak of invincibility has seen big boys of Manchester City (twice) and Everton’s girth attempt to smush the perennial underdogs with the sole of their shoe with intentions to scrape their pulped remnants onto the curb.
Since their demotion to the Championship (Premier League status sacrificed for the sake of FA Cup dominance) they’ve since ousted three top-tier clubs from the competition.
Each of their FA Cup games this campaign have yielded more than 2.5 goals.
Wigan’s three meetings with top-flight outfits have all ended in 2-1 wins (a repeat of which is available at 7/1), while their replayed tie with MK Dons saw the net bulge ten times in total.
Arsenal are 2.5-goal aficionados too, with their meetings with Coventry, Liverpool and Everton all crossing the stated line.
The Gunners may have bested their next adversaries in 15 of their 20 meetings, but Wigan have beaten them three times themselves so it wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see them win again.
Furthermore, both trips Wenger’s men have made to Wembley have resulted in 2-1 defeats, once in extremely unforeseen circumstances against Birmingham.