Championship folklore dictates that every year one side that had spent the previous months of the season blending in to the background make a late and irrepressible break for promotion.
Reading and Crystal Palace are but two of the sides to have done it in recent years and this term, thanks to a run of eight consecutive wins from mid February, Wigan have shouldered the cliché.
It’s a tag that, along with the visitors’ own poor form, has undoubtedly contributed to the skinny-for-the-Championship odds of 1/2 about them beating Leeds United at the DW Stadium.
Yet the searing form of Uwe Rosler’s men has begun to cool, just as it did for a Nottingham Forest side freshly reunited with Billy Davies at just this juncture last season.
Leeds are generously priced in the double-chance betting at 6/4, despite avoiding defeat in just three of their last ten outings.
After all, it may surprise some second-tier dilettantes to hear that the Latics have, in fact, won just once in their last five games.
Those who sign up for an account at bwin.com today could do far worse than back the beleaguered Whites to avoid defeat in Lancashire with the £30 free bet they receive by way of golden handshake.
As long as Ross McCormack is on the field there is always a chance of the stake hitting the bulls-eye for a £45 profit, with the Glasgow-born skipper five goals clear at the top of the divisional scoring charts.
Even while Leeds have been in the doldrums his ability to find the onion bag on a regular basis hasn’t faltered, with four strikes in his last six showings.
The Rangers product certainly won’t conjure many happy memories for Wigan’s defence.
His brace won the reverse fixture at Elland Road in the early days of Advent and, unlike many strikers, he’s no away-day shirker, bagging 12 of his 28 goals this term on his travels.