Wigan look set to come crashing back down to earth with the visit of Arsenal on Saturday.
The Latics celebrated a first win since 27th August with a 2-1 victory away to Sunderland on Saturday having only brought a run of nine straight defeats to an end with a 3-3 draw with Blackburn the week before.
Arsenal should not have too much trouble scoring given they have the league’s fifth-best attack (26 goals scored in 13 games) while the Latics have conceded an average of just under two league goals a game so far this season (23 in 13 games).
According to Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, the result will give his side “confidence and momentum” ahead of future matches, although odds of 19/4 for a win against the Gunners suggest it will take more than victory over Sunderland to give the Latics a chance against one of the Premier League’s form sides.
Arsenal’s two most recent results might have been a draw against Fulham and a defeat to Manchester City, but the former can be explained away as a blip brought on by fatigue following a tricky Champions League tie against Dortmund.
Meanwhile, the latter is hardly a reflection of the Gunners’ strength given they fielded a second string against a Citizens team featuring the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko.
Prior to those two games, Arsene Wenger’s side had put together a run of five league wins in a row and there is no reason why they can’t return to winning ways against Wigan.
The Gunners are priced at 53/100 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to pick up another three points, with the draw available at 31/10.
Certainly, Arsenal should not have too much trouble scoring given they have the league’s fifth-best attack (26 goals scored in 13 games) while the Latics have conceded an average of just under two league goals a game so far this season (23 in 13 games).
As such, they look good for at least two goals at odds of 53/100 – particularly as star trio Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were all left out of the Man City game, meaning they should be fully rested.
However, the fact that Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet away from home – conceding against the likes of Norwich and Blackburn – means Wigan should be able to get a consolation at 7/5.
But don’t expect Wigan to get more than one goal based on the fact they have scored five in their last two outings – even allowing for this goalscoring splurge, they are still ranked along with Swansea and West Brom as the worst attacking side in the division.
As such, betting on Arsenal to win a game with at least three combined goals looks tempting at odds of 6/5.
But punters could increase their returns by playing on the fact that Wigan are unlikely to score more than once, with a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 win in favour of Arsenal priced at 3/1.
A successful £25 free bet on a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 Arsenal win would return £100, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Either way, Arsenal will surely ensure Wigan’s bandwagon is brought to an abrupt halt, leaving Martinez in need of another morale-boosting win to get the wheels back in motion.
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