Wigan Athletic’s annual charge out of Premier League relegation danger is a joy to behold at this time of year.
While their remarkable turnaround at the end of the last campaign has perhaps clouded perceptions of how uniform their seasons are, Roberto Martinez’s men look to have begun a surge in form with last weekend’s 3-0 win at fellow strugglers Reading.
Latest opponents Liverpool represent a much tougher proposition, even with home advantage for the Latics. Nonetheless, odds of 31/10 against a Wigan win are too interesting to write them off.
Brendan Rodgers’ young side have been more impressive as the season has gone on without being able to shed inconsistency in their form and in truth, their poor away record makes a 39/50 bet on a Liverpool win a bit of a risk, especially as they have not won at the DW Stadium since 2007.
Odds of 14/5 are available for a draw, but before you have a bet, here are five statistics to chew over ahead of the Saturday evening clash.
3: Liverpool’s tally of three away wins this season is one less than Wigan’s. The Reds have one more victory on the road to their name than the Latics do at home, though.
4: Liverpool’s last four Premier League goals against Wigan have all come in the second half, and they are 29/20 to score more goals after the interval than before it on Saturday.
5: Every one of the last five visits of Liverpool to the DW Stadium in the Premier League have produced two goals or less. A bet on under 2.5 goals looks a decent shout at 11/10 considering that record.
6: It has taken them over a year, but all of Liverpool’s last six Premier League away wins have seen them score three goals or more. Liverpool are 23/10 to score three or more at the DW on Saturday.
11: Eleven of Wigan’s 20 wins in the previous two Premier League seasons (or 55 per cent) have come after March 1st, so that 31/10 quote on Wigan to spring a surprise on Saturday looks a real tempter.