They might have put together an impressive string of results but the omens don’t look good for Wigan ahead of their trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
After being written off by most pundits following a run of five defeats in six league matches, the Latics have lost just one of their last eight games and picked up 13 points from a possible 24.
Their last two results have been the most impressive of this sequence, with an away win at Anfield followed up by a 2-0 home success over Stoke.
Indeed, Roberto Martinez’s men are now above the likes of Sunderland, Tottenham and Liverpool in a form table based on the last six games.
However, Stamford Bridge has not been a happy hunting ground for Wigan in recent seasons and there appears to be little prospect of them repeating their Anfield success in west London.
Wigan have won just once at the Bridge in their history, and this victory came back in January 1980 in the FA Cup.
Since then, the Latics have lost five and drawn two of their away matches against Chelsea, with their record in the Premier League at the ground reading played six, lost five and drawn one.
It is not only at Stamford Bridge where Wigan have been leaking goals, with all of their visits to current members of the top five to date this season seeing them concede at least three times.
Perhaps even more depressingly, Wigan have scored just twice at Stamford Bridge in six league matches while conceding 16 goals, half of which came in an 8-0 thumping two years ago.
While another eight goals for the Blues on Saturday might be pushing it, three or more would hardly be a surprise and this outcome is available at odds of 21/20.
For it is not only at Stamford Bridge where Wigan have been leaking goals, with all of their visits to current members of the top five to date this season seeing them concede at least three times.
The Latics lost 3-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in September and were hit for five at Old Trafford in December.
Tottenham got in on the act with a 3-1 win in January and, having been given a new lease of life by Roberto di Matteo, Chelsea will look to follow suit.
A successful £25 free bet on Chelsea to score three or more goals against Wigan is set to return £51.25, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account,
To be fair to Wigan, they are a much improved side to the one which conceded five against United and three against Spurs in December and January.
But Chelsea have also been reinvigorated and have regained some of their old swagger, with Man City and Spurs the only sides to stop them winning in the last nine games.
They have also scored three or more goals in three of their last six games at the Bridge.
This should put the draw (9/2) and win (21/2) out of Wigan’s reach, with a home success looking like the only sensible option in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
But at odds of 1/4 on a home victory, Chelsea to win by at least two goals (7/10) could be a better play, with odds of 7/4 on a Blues victory by at least three goals available for the more ambitious punter.
Either way, the Latics will surely still be in the relegation zone on Saturday evening and, with games against Man Utd and Arsenal on the horizon, they are very much in the relegation mire.
Meanwhile, Chelsea supporters should perhaps be smug while they can – they’ll surely turn from bully to victom when all-conquering Barcelona roll into town later in the month.
Recommended bet: Chelsea to score three or more goals @ 21/20
Outside punt: Chelsea to win by at least three goals @ 7/4
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