They say football is a funny old game, and it’s a cliché which certainly applies to the curious case of Wigan Athletic as they prepare to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
After enjoying the greatest day in their history on Saturday with their superb FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City, the Latics now face the very real prospect of suffering relegation just three days later.
Anything other than victory in north London will see Roberto Martinez’s men consigned to the Championship alongside QPR and Reading, but they won’t have it easy against the Champions League-chasing Gunners.
Arsene Wenger’s men will be desperate for the victory which would see them move back above fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and ensure a one-point advantage over their bitter rivals going into the final weekend of the campaign.
But before you place a bet on Tuesday’s huge encounter, take a look at these ten statistics which are designed to illustrate some intriguing betting angles you might otherwise have missed.
2: Goals scored by Mikel Arteta in his last three appearances against Wigan and also the number of strikes he has provided in Arsenal’s last four home games. The Spaniard is 13/4 to notch on Tuesday.
3: Arsenal have broken the deadlock in each of their last three games in the opening 45 minutes and they are 67/100 to extend that run to four.
6: The number of goals scored by Wigan in their ten all-time trips to Arsenal. The Latics are 27/20 to fail to score here and 29/20 to notch exactly once.
9: Wigan have lost on nine of those ten visits to Arsenal, which perhaps explains why the Gunners are strong 7/20 favourites and Athletic are out at 25/4.
10.3: The number of aerial duels Wigan have won per game this term – fewer than any other team in the Premier League. Gunners centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are priced at 10/1 and 17/2 respectively to get on the scoresheet.
14: There have been 14 goals scored in Wigan’s last three league games, at an average of 4.66. Over 3.5 goals at the Emirates is an 11/10 chance.
18: The number of goals Arsenal have scored in the final 15 minutes of their matches – the best tally in the division. And with the Gunners conceding just two in that period all term, backing them to score last against a tiring Wigan could well pay off at 7/20.
20: A mere 20 yellow cards have been shown in the last seven meetings between the sides in all competitions at an average of less than three per game. Under 4.5 yellow cards in this encounter is available at 4/5.
68: If the Premier League table was based purely on second-half results, Arsenal would be top of the pile on 68 points. The Gunners are 31/50 to win the second half against the Latics.