Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have endured a nightmare 2012, with their relegation from the Premier League confirmed long before their trip to Wigan Athletic on the final day.
Previous manager Mick McCarthy was sacked in February but after an embarrassingly bungled campaign to find a successor, the board decided to appoint his former assistant, Terry Connor.
The task facing the affable but inexperienced Connor looked a near-impossible one and so it has proved, as he has overseen arguably the worst spell ever witnessed by the club in the top flight.
In all, Wolves have won just once this year and have never looked close to competing since the departure of their former manager – their drop down to the Championship was confirmed on April 22nd as Man City eased to a 2-0 win at Molineux.
With the Midlands club cut adrift at the bottom of the table and having little left to play for, Wigan will no doubt relish Sunday’s clash given their late resurgence in the league and are favourites to win at odds of 3/5.
Roberto Martinez’s side have certainly shown their quality in recent weeks, having pulled clear of danger with 18 points taken from a possible 24 over their last eight games, despite spending much of the season in the doldrums.
The threat of midweek football in Barnsley next season was evidently enough to see the club’s stars shake off the malaise, with the goals coming thick and fast ever since.
Nigerian star Victor Moses has been a classic example. Goal-shy for much of the season – although not for the want of trying, it has to be said – Moses has come alive in recent weeks, putting together a solid run of goalscoring form at the DW Stadium with three in his last three matches.
The former Crystal Palace winger is refusing to sign a new contract and rumours of a big-money summer move abound, so it would be no surprise to see him score in what could be his final game for the Latics.
Goal-shy for much of the season – although not for the want of trying, it has to be said – Moses has come alive in recent weeks, putting together a solid run of goalscoring form at the DW Stadium with three in his last three matches.
He is available at odds of 17/10 to score at any time, meaning punters who back him with their free £25 bet for registering with bwin will win £67.50 if he does indeed breach the leaky Wolves rearguard..
The 21-year-old could also be worth a small play for two goals or more following his memorable brace against a solid Newcastle United side last time out at home and this eventuality is available at 19/2.
Another man who has come to fore for Wigan in the closing stages of the campaign is Argentine striker Franco Di Santo.
The former Chelsea misfit has grabbed memorable goals in both of Wigan’s recent victories against Champions League-chasing pair Newcastle and Arsenal.
A punt on the 23-year-old to score the opener here is certainly worth a look at odds of 5/1.
Elsewhere for Wigan, a man whose impressive recent displays have gone under the radar is Shaun Maloney.
Already a favourite among Manchester City fans following his match-winning goal against Manchester United, the Scot has scored in both of Wigan’s last two home games and is available at 9/4 to grab a goal at any time here.
Anyone hoping for a parting gift from Wolves, who are available at odds of 5/1 to win the match, could be advised to look to the previous encounter between the sides this season.
The Midlanders came away with a 3-1 win on that occasion, with midfielder David Edwards chipping in with a goal.
The 26-year-old found the net in last weekend’s madcap 4-4 draw with Swansea and is priced up at 9/2 to get a goal at any time here, while Matt Jarvis, who grabbed a brace at the Liberty Stadium, is on offer at 4/1 to score against the Latics.
Stephen Fletcher remains another player to consider in the Wolves goalscorer markets. The Scot has 11 to his name so far this season and also scored when the two teams met last season on better terms.
Coming into the game on the back of goal against Swansea, odds of 5/2 on another any time punt look to provide reasonable value.
But the smart money is surely on Wigan signing off for another impressive campaign with their fourth straight home win – and Moses and Di Santo are the men most likely to do the damage.
Recommended bet: Victor Moses to score at any time @ 17/10
Outside punt: Franco Di Santo to score the first goal @ 5/1
Long shot: Victor Moses to score two or more @ 19/2
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