Last weekend couldn’t have gone much better for these two sides as Wigan pulled off a famous away win over Tottenham while West Brom went above the Latics’ victims with three points against Southampton to hit the dizzying heights of fifth place in the Premier League.
So this game comes at the ideal time for both, but arguably not at the ideal location.
The Baggies have won more home matches (five) than any other team in the division but remain winless away from the Hawthorns whereas, conversely, Wigan have twice as many wins on the road as they do victories at the DW this season.
This contrast makes it a difficult game to call but the bwin bookies have the home side as 5/4 favourites in the 3Way football betting market while the Baggies are 21/10 and the draw is an inviting 23/10.
It’s not just in the form charts that these sides are well matched with the aggregate score of their eight Premier League meetings being 10-10, including a 1-1 draw in this fixture last term.
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The problem for Steve Clarke’s team on the road is their slow starts: the Baggies have failed to score in the first half of any away league game so far. The 17/10 about West Brom getting more second half goals than they do in the first therefore looks a good shout.
It’s 13/10 for Wigan to capitalise on this early West Brom malaise and score the first goal of the first half while Wigan’s joint top-scorers for this season, Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo, are 11/2 and 7/1 respectively to get that goal.
But considering West Brom are currently in their best position in over three decades, I fancy them to claim all three points – even if they do allow the Latics to take an early lead.
The likes of in-form Peter Odemwingie (5/2 to score anytime), five-goal Shane Long (2/1) and Romelu Lukaku (2/1) will fancy their chances against a Wigan side who’ve conceded in every home game and if this match does turn out to be a thriller, 4/1 for a Baggies win in a game of over 2.5 goals could be the best option of all.