Joining news.bwin.com/en/ editor Chris Bryant to shout the odds are John Klee, who will put forward the case for Wigan, with Darren Walsh giving the Spurs viewpoint. You can read a full betting preview of the match here.
CB: Spurs look to be on the way back after a slow start – will they be too strong for Roberto Martinez’s boys?
JK: In light of Tottenham’s decent form recently, let’s not forget that Wigan are unbeaten in the past two meetings between the teams, and failed to concede in each of those games. Franco Di Santo is like a man possessed at the moment, smashing three goals in his last three games, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue on the goal trail here. Wigan look way too long at 16/5 to win, and if you’re not convinced by that price, the Latics can definitely pick up a point with home advantage, and I think the 12/5 for the draw is tremendous value.
DW: Well, this is more like the Tottenham team that we know so I’ll be on them to win at 17/20. They’ve looked really impressive during the last few games by going back to the style that they played before Peter Crouch arrived. Now that he’s gone, they’re keeping the ball much better, and being much more clinical in front of goal. I can see a comfortable away win against a Wigan team that looks pretty but doesn’t score enough and is not mean enough at the back. Their style will give plenty of room to the Spurs attack and they will take advantage.
CB: You mentioned Di Santo there, John. Do you think he’ll notch another one against Spurs?
JK: It looks as though someone has lit a fire under him this season! Three goals this campaign is treble the amount he managed in the entirety of last season. Out of those three goals, two have opened the scoring in Wigan games, and the Argentine must be worth a flutter to hit the first goal here too at 8/1. Ben Watson is also an interesting punt for the first goal at 14/1. The midfielder loves a long-range effort and he’s Wigan’s penalty taker.
DW: With Rafael van der Vaart injured for the last few weeks, we have seen a return to 4-4-2 for Spurs and Jermain Defoe is thriving. He never seemed 100% fit last season but he’s looked back to his best in the last few weeks, and that spells trouble for Wigan. He scored six goals against them in 2009/10, as they couldn’t keep up with his quickness and movement. I fancy him to do more of the same on Saturday, so it’s well worth getting on him to score at any time at 17/10.
CB: Wigan fans won’t need reminding that Spurs smashed nine past them in the not too distant past. Do you think they will go goal crazy again?
DW: The two games against Wigan summed up last season for Spurs. A 0-1 home loss and a 0-0 away just confirmed that the attack was toothless, missing chances that were put on a plate by Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. The signs are there that those days are over, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Defoe causing all sorts of problems for defences, while even Modric, not known for his shooting accuracy, is suddenly looking a real goal threat. Wigan are not a team that will play defensively and will try to match Spurs by playing the same style. The problem is that they’re just not as good at it, and that will be an ideal match-up for the Lilywhites, who could fill their boots and score at least three goals. It’s an appealing bet at 17/5.
JK: That’s harsh on Wigan, who have always played decent football under Martinez and look a more solid unit this term. The 29/4 for a 2-1, 3-1, or 4-1 home win is great value as the Latics won’t sit back should they take the lead, and will go for it even more should they concede first.
CB: Any more suggestions for football betting fans looking to make some cash from this match?
DW: I like the chances that Spurs take charge of the game right away, which they did last season without getting the rewards they deserved. A goal will not be long in coming if they dominate possession, and will surely arrive before the half-time whistle. In fact it only took seven minutes last Sunday to take the lead against Liverpool, and I can see something similar this week. They’ll go on to score more if they do that, so I’ll be on the 8/5 on Spurs to score in both halves. Similarly, it could be worth getting on Spurs to get the last goal at 7/10.
JK: I’m sure the pundits will be ramming Spurs’ 9-1 win over Wigan down everyone’s throats this weekend, as you just did Chris, but that was a long time ago! There have been several changes to both sides since then, and it was at White Hart Lane for another thing! That said, there is always a bit of an added determination about Wigan in this fixture since that grave result, and they certainly showed they are no pushovers with a 0-0 draw and 1-0 victory over Spurs last season, as Darren mentioned. I will definitely be giving some interest to the 83/100 for Wigan to win or draw this match.
CB: OK, thanks for your answers chaps. Let’s see who proves correct!
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