Wigan’s woeful record in the second half of Premier League games this season is just one pointer towards a Sunderland victory at the Stadium of Light when the two teams meet on Saturday.
The Latics have yet to score a league goal after the interval away from home this season, leaving them bottom of a table ranking teams’ second half performances on their travels.
Wigan have drawn a blank in two of their last three away matches, making a Sunderland clean sheet a good option at 6/5.
Their record in this table comprises a draw and five defeats, no goals scored and five conceded.
Wigan failing to score a goal after the break at the Stadium of Light therefore looks a safe bet at 1/2, as does a Sunderland second half win at 19/20, where only goals scored after the interval count.
However, it is not only a second half victory which looks there for the taking for Sunderland.
Wigan might have halted a depressing run of eight straight league defeats with a 3-3 draw with Blackburn but they are still seen as the league’s whipping boys in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Latics manager Roberto Martinez remains adamant that his players are on the cusp of a dramatic breakthrough which will enable them to climb the league table, but the bald truth of the matter is that Wigan are alarmingly leaky at the back and blunt in attack.
As such, Steve Bruce’s Sunderland are 3/4 favourites to win all three points from Saturday’s showdown despite being on a poor run of form themselves – they have won just two games all season and only one at home in six attempts.
For more attractive returns, it could be worth betting on Sunderland to combine a win with a clean sheet.
The Black Cats prevented Fulham from scoring in their last game at the Stadium of Light and only conceded once at Old Trafford in their most recent away game.
Indeed, Sunderland have the fifth-best defensive record in the league behind Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Wigan have drawn a blank in two of their last three away matches, making a Sunderland clean sheet a good option at 6/5.
And all this makes a Sunderland win to nil even more tempting at 8/5, with a £25 free bet out this outcome worth £65 if the tip proves successful.
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