Manchester United make the short trip to Wigan for their opening fixture of the new year as they aim for three points to maintain their advantage at the top of the Premier League table.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side kick off 2013 with the comfort of a seven-point gap between themselves and the chasing pack, led by cross-city rivals Manchester City.
This lead has been garnered thanks to a terrific run of form that has seen them go unbeaten in eight league games while all around them have slipped up.
United extended their unbeaten record three days ago at Old Trafford when they fought their way to a difficult 2-0 victory over this season’s surprise package, West Brom.
Having taken the lead on nine minutes, it looked like a comfortable win was in order for United, but Albion more than matched their opponents and it took a piece of magic from substitute Robin van Persie late on to wrap up the points.
The league leaders now make the short trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic and are seen as clear 1/2 favourites in bwin’s 3-way betting market, with the hosts at 21/4 and the draw a 31/10 chance.
It only takes a glance at the league table to see why United are so heavily favoured for this game and with the best away record in the division this season, they should face little trouble securing a win against a Wigan side that has only won twice at home.
For Wigan, who claimed their first win in eight games on Saturday against a hapless Aston Villa, there must be a feeling that there is nothing to lose in front of their own fans against the Red Devils.
The Latics are just a point above the drop zone, but in United they face a side they have only ever beaten once in their history (a 1-0 win last April) and have conceded 51 goals against in their 16 meetings, so anything other than a defeat would be a fantastic result for boss Roberto Martinez.
The key to United’s likely victory at the DW Stadium on Tuesday will be the incredible firepower that they have at their disposal this season.
To date, the Red Devils have struck 50 league goals, 11 more than any other side, at an average of 2.5 a game and with Wigan having been involved in 14 games with more than 2.5 goals, another match of three or more goals is understandably short at 57/100.
For slightly longer odds, then look at a combined bet of United to win and over 2.5 goals to be scored, which is available at 11/10, or alternatively you could bet on United falling behind yet again, with Wigan 2/1 to score the first goal.