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Spurs vs Wigan – Martinez’ dreadful league start to continue

| 27.08.2010

Wigan could not have made a worse start to their Premier League campaign and the omens do not look good that it will improve as they head to Tottenham next.

Roberto Martinez has seen his team leak ten goals in their opening two games and they now head to White Hart Lane, where they shipped nine last term.

Meanwhile, they have won only once in their last 11 meetings with Spurs in all competitions and have failed to collect victory in their last six Premier League outings on their travels.

With very little in their favour, the 12/1 on offer for a Wigan win does not surprise.

If they are to pick up an unexpected three points then the most likely result is 1-0.

This is because Manchester United are the only team to have scored more than once at White Hart Lane in the Premier League since September 2008, a run which stretches back 37 games.

Harry Redknapp’s team bring a 12-game unbeaten streak at home into the fixture and will be high on confidence after sealing their Champions League qualification with a 4-0 win in London against Young Boys.

They are 2/9 to move onto seven points from their three Premier League games, but better value may be available in attempting to uncover the first goalscorer.

Jermain Defoe helped himself to five goals in the 9-1 success last season, but is unlikely to feature because of a groin problem, meaning that Young Boys hat-trick hero Peter Crouch is likely to lead the line.

He is 3/1 to open the scoring, alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane.

Gareth Bale is involved in most of Tottenham’s attacking moves and scored twice in their last league win over Stoke.

The Welshman is 7/4 to add his name to the scoresheet at any time.

Tottenham will be hoping to participate in the Champions League again next season and are 11/4 to finish in the top four in the Premier League.



Ed Needham