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P.J. Murray 20th Dec 2011 - 21:10

Can Wigan silence the Pool

Liverpool make the trek to the DW for their second away game in quick succession. After beating Aston Villa at Villa Park, the Reds will be looking for a repeat performance at the DW.

Wigan are going to be massively buoyed after they snatched a point off a Chelsea side who should have won comfortably. But a Petr Cech mistake gifted the Latics a precious point and will get them believing in Christmas miracles.

Jordi Gomez has been making some waves ahead of the clash, the midfielder has laid down the challenge to Liverpool and the Spaniard has turned heads with not only his words, but his performances this season. He has been a revelation for Wigan, if he had some talent around him then maybe he would be a lot more prolific.

Hugo Rodallega is expected to be fit to start and this will be a massive boost for Roberto Martinez's side. He has yet to score in eleven games, but the cult hero is always dangerous in possession. Connor Sammon has only scored once in his 18 appearances for the squad this season. The Irish striker is 7/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score anytime.

Luis Suarez will play knowing there is an eight game ban about to be slapped on him and as such he will want to do as much as possible for the squad before he goes, but with such a big ban hanging over his head will he be too distracted. He is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/5 anytime scorer, but I think he will struggle to find form and be somewhat demoralized. However he will have at least six weeks to improve his language before he takes to the pitch again.

Since joining Liverpool Charlie Adam has been a massive presence in the heart of the Liverpool midfield. The Scot is one of the first names on the teamsheet and his set piece ability is the best in the team.   We are centering our match winner offer around the midfielder, can he smash in one of his vicious dead balls and score either a free kick or a penalty. Originally 6/1 we are now offering 8/1.

The sides drew 1-1 (7/1) last season but it's hard to see Wigan getting another result like this against a Top Four side. Liverpool (1/2) should do the business, but with a somewhat distracted Suarez they are going to find it difficult to create chances.

Wigan (6/1) are on a small run of form at the moment, their draw against Chelsea came after a win away to West Brom and they know that any result here could see them out of the bottom three before Christmas day.  At 10/3, Wigan Draw No Bet could be worth a punt, just because they are on form and Liverpool are due to be rocked by the loss of Suarez.

I think Liverpool will win, but it's going to be tight, the struggled past a QPR side only a few weeks ago and Wigan aren't much worse. I would be backing under 2.5 goals at 4/5 and Liverpool to win at ½. Hardly risky bets, but a safe win is better than a risky loss, just ask Steve Kean.

 
 
 

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