Swansea received a baptism of fire in the Premier League on Monday, with substitute Sergio Aguero running riot in a 4-0 victory for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the Welsh side are 11/10 favourites to bounce back with a win against Wigan on Saturday, with a victory for the Latics priced at 49/20 and a draw at 9/4.
The Swans should find Wigan, who drew 1-1 with Norwich on the opening day of the season, less of a handful than the Citizens.
While Man City are joint-second favourites for the title, Wigan are, like Swansea, one of the most-fancied sides in bwin’s relegation betting market.
That said, Swansea cannot afford to treat Roberto Martinez’s men too lightly, with the Latics having a surprisingly good record away from home last year.
As the third-worst home team in the 2010-11 Premier League, Wigan’s record of four wins, seven draws and eight defeats from their 19 away games made them the ninth best side on the road and helped them avoid relegation.
This productive return away from the DW Stadium came despite the fact they scored fewer than a goal a game on the road on average, meaning a win – if they manage it – is likely to be earned courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline at odds of 35/4.
A £25 free bet on Wigan to beat Swansea 1-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £243.75.
Victor Moses looks to be Wigan’s main danger man now Charles N’Zogbia has left for Aston Villa, and the former Crystal Palace flyer is an attractive 10/1 to open the scoring tomorrow.
Yet Swansea aren’t favourites for nothing, with their performances at the Liberty Stadium last season giving them the best home record in the Championship.
The Swans conceded just 11 goals at home in their 19 league games of the 2010-11 season, meaning a punt on Wigan failing to score at odds of 31/20 could pay off.
But with Swansea’s fluid passing style them netting them almost two goals a game at home last year, the best bet could be on a 2-0 victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side at odds of 9/1.
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