Manchester United moved alongside Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-0 win over Bolton on Saturday and a trip to Wigan on Monday gives the Citizens a chance to respond to the reigning champions’ latest statement of intent.
The signs are that Roberto Mancini’s men will have a three-point cushion once more come 10.00pm tomorrow, with City installed as 2/5 favourites for the win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
For while Wigan held Chelsea and Liverpool to draws at the DW Stadium in December, results since then suggest the Latics will be powerless to stop a side who have scored 25 goals in ten away matches.
Roberto Martinez’s team have shipped at least two goals in each of their four games since a 0-0 draw with the Reds on December 21st, including five in a trip to Old Trafford, four in a home game against Sunderland and two away to League Two Swindon in the FA Cup.
Expect City to expose the significant gulf in class between the two sides after the interval, not least because Mancini’s men have a habit of scoring towards the end of games.
With this in mind, betting on Manchester City to score at least twice at 12/25 looks to have a far greater chance of success than having a punt on either the draw (17/5) or Wigan win (27/4) in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
And when the fact Wigan have scored just 18 goals in the league this season – fewer than any other team – is added in, then there looks to be value in a City win despite a one-goal handicap at 11/10.
A successful £25 free bet on Man City to beat Wigan by at least two goals is set to return £52.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Nevertheless, Manchester City’s recent dip in form cannot be ignored and the Latics have a far bigger chance of an upset now than they would have done this time last month.
Since a 0-0 draw with West Brom on December 26th, City have lost three of their subsequent four matches in all competitions, and, significantly, have not scored a first half goal in four of their last five matches.
With Wigan being level or ahead at the break in four of their last six matches – including against Chelsea and Liverpool – the Latics could take advantage of City’s recent wobble by holding them to a half time draw at 29/20.
But expect City to expose the significant gulf in class between the two sides after the interval, not least because Mancini’s men have a habit of scoring towards the end of games.
Only 32 per cent of City’s goals have been scored before the interval, so back odds of 13/10 that the Citizens score more in the second half than they do in the first to help them to that victory by at least two goals.
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