Wigan v Liverpool preview
Two very up and down teams take to the field on Saturday evening in a battle for the points for very different reasons.
It's been more downs than ups for Wigan (7/2) to be fair but they will be looking to make it 2 wins in a row when the welcome Liverpool (5/6, Draw 12/5) to the DW Stadium following their impressive victory over Reading last weekend. Liverpool will be hoping to follow on from their 5-0 thrashing of Swansea after recent draws against Arsenal and Manchester City, and a loss to West Brom saw them lose ground on the chasing pack for the European places.
Wigan are four points and three places better off than at the same stage last season. The Latics have been in the league's bottom five after 27 matches for each of the last four seasons. Roberto Martinez's side have only taken two points from their last six home matches but boast a decent record against the Reds with just 1 loss in their last 6 Barclays Premier League games, this coming after they lost 7 of their first 9 to Liverpool.
We have installed Franco di Santo and Arouna Kone at 15/2 to score the first or last goal and 9/4 to score at any time. Kone has hit a rich vein of form of late and has scored 10 goals this term including 2 in each of his last 2 matches. To give you the best value possible we have included Kone in our enhanced win-cast offer. If he can score at anytime in a Wigan win we go 9/1.
Jean Beausejour has registered six assists in the top flight this season - the most by a Wigan player in a single Premier League campaign and to score in a win over Liverpool we have him at 25/1. To score the first or last goal he is 33/1 and 12/1 to score at anytime.
The Latics home matches are very rarely goal-less, having conceded a goal in their last 13 home games so a wager on both teams to score maybe the way to go at 8/13. That said, 6 of the last 7 Premier League games against Liverpool have gone under 2.5 goals (23/20) so the 1-1 (7/1) draw is probably the most likely result.
Liverpool are fast becoming the leagues draw specialists having drawn their last two away games, making a total of 6 on the road this season.
Had it not been for Luis Suarez's goals, a lot of those draws would have been defeats. He has bagged a total of 25 goals this season and single-handedly kept the Reds in the top half of the table. He is 1 of only 3 European players to have had more than 100 shots on goal this season, excluding blocked. He is in good company as the others are Messi and Ronaldo!
The Uruguayan scored two superb free-kicks in the victory over Zenit in the Europa League last week in a vain attempt to keep the Reds in the competition, and will be hoping to carry that form to the DW. To score the first or last goal there we go 4/1 and EVS to score at anytime during the match. Again we have our enhanced win-cast on the favourite to score, Luis Suarez to score an anytime goal and Liverpool to win has been enhanced to 2/1 from 8/5.
Brendon Rogers' side have scored more goals in the first 15 mins of the second half in matches than any other team in the Premier League. They have scored 13 with Wigan and Tottenham close behind with 11. You can get 11/8 for any goal to be scored in the 46th - 60th minute and 13/2 for that to be the first goal!
They have also benifited from more own goals this season than any other team with 4. The first goal to be an own goal in this match - for any team - is 14/1.
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz returned as a substitute at Reading last weekend and may start after following a six-month lay-off with a groin injury. Winger Ryo Miyaichi is also rumoured to be close to returning after three months out with an ankle injury.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has aggravated a thigh injury and is a doubt for the match but Martin Skrtel is fit again for the Reds after a knee injury, leaving Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly as the only absentees.
Arouna Kone to Score and Wigan to Win - 9/1
Luis Suarez to Score and Liverpool to Win - 2/1
Worth a punt:
Correct score: 1-1 - 7/1
Double Result: Wigan/Draw - 14/1