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Nic Ladds 17th Apr 2010 - 10:23

Arsenal can gun down the Latics

This match between Wigan and Arsenal involves two teams that are seemingly out of the battles that have kept them occupied all season.

Arsenal are now six points adrift in a title race that they have struggled to stamp their authority on all season.

Wigan are five points clear of the relegation zone and they would like to think they have just enough quality to stay in this league for another year.

Wigan (5/1) have had a pretty tough season, winning just eight of their 34 matches in the league. They have had a torrid time against Arsenal in the past picking up just one point in nine matches. They would surely look at their matches against West Ham and Hull to pick up some late points.

Arsenal (8/15) seem a decent price but their away form has been indifferent this season. 8 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses is barely the form of champions.

If they had picked up more points away from home the table would be looking a lot different. They have conceded far too many away from home, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 13 away matches.

Wigan could go in to the match with more confidence that expected considering they have already beaten Chelsea and Liverpool at the DW Stadium this season.

Considering Arsenal are missing their first choice centre-backs, I would be tempted at the 3/1 on Wigan draw no bet or 13/10 them doubled with the draw.

Wigan are without Gary Caldwell who is suspended and Hendry Thomas is doubtful in midfield. Other than that, Roberto Martinez has almost a full squad to pick from which will be a big help for the end of season run-in.

Arsené Wenger has a crowded physio room at the moment. He has Arshavin, Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Song, Fabregas, Ramsey and Gibbs all injured which has surely had a big impact on their recent form.

If Wigan are to score, which if you consider they have scored just four in their last ten is unlikely, then it will surely come from Hugo Rodallega. The big front man has scored nine league goals this season and is 15/2 to score first or 9/4 to score any time.

Arsenal were boosted by the return of Robin Van Persie in the last match and could start here. If he does it will no doubt be up front with Nicklas Bendtner who has scored nine goals in his last 11 matches for the Gunners. Both strikers are 3/1 to open the scoring in this match.

The reverse fixture ended 4-0 at the Emirates which was the second time they have bagged four against Wigan in a row. Four or more Arsenal goals here is 11/2 but I don't think they will win that comprehensively.

I predict a 2-0 Arsenal victory, the 7/1 not a bad price on it. To cover my bases but still get a decent price I think the 29/20 on Arsenal -1 is a good bet.



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