Roberto Martinez has called on many players during Wigan Athletic’s seemingly never-ending late survival surges in recent seasons, but rarely has he had goal threats like he has this term.
In Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo, Martinez can call on a strike pairing to provide more than 15 league goals for the first time since reaching the Premier League.
Wigan have particularly shown their potency in the past few weeks, with a 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town, 3-0 wins over Everton and Reading, and a last-gasp 2-1 success over Newcastle United.
Kone was particularly influential in those games, striking the final goal on two occasions, and the Ivorian hitman is 19/4 to get another last strike on Saturday as Norwich City visit the DW Stadium.
And yet for all that solid recent form, Martinez’s men still reside in the bottom three, making the Canaries’ visit crucial to Wigan’s hopes of pulling off a great escape for the fifth season in a row at 18/25.
With three points this weekend looking essential if they are to achieve that, the home side start as 87/100 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Sat in 12th place, Norwich look to be safe themselves but Chris Hughton is not a man to let his side coast along before the ubiquitous 40-point total has been reached, and a surprise Canaries win is 3/1, with the draw 5/2.
Hughton’s team have definitely had the best of this fixture in recent seasons, winning two and drawing three of their Premier League meetings, with a double-chance on Norwich or the draw priced up at 17/20.
It should also be noted that one player has particularly thrived in this fixture: Wes Hoolahan.
He has scored in three games in a row against the Latics and having struck Norwich’s opener at Sunderland last weekend, the Irishman is 12/1 to grab the first goal again.
Given the summer arrival of Dutch hotshot Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Hughton will also expect a reaction out of his current strikers and captain Grant Holt is 5/2 to add to his solitary goal from 2013.
Norwich have rarely needed more than a couple of goals this season, as they have competed in 18 games of under 2.5 goals in the Premier League and are 91/100 to be involved in another.
At the other end of that table are Wigan with 22 three-goal-plus shows and given their greater need for the points, I reckon the home side to emerge 3-1 winners behind a Kone opener at 40/1 looks to offer cracking value.
And if you don’t fancy such a lengthy-priced punt, then look no further than Kone grabbing the final goal once more and edging Wigan, in all probability, closer to safety.