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Wigan vs Norwich: Visitors to end dreadful away Premier League run

| 12.08.2011

Norwich may not have won a Premier League away game since 1994, but 11/4 may be a big price that they can end this lengthy run with a victory at Wigan.

Match Odds

Wigan are no strangers to losing against Premier League newcomers on the opening day of the season, getting hammered 4-0 at home by Blackburn in their first fixture 12 months ago.

Since debuting in the Premier League in 2005, Wigan have begun a season at home twice, losing on both occasions without finding the target.

Meanwhile, Norwich were the top scorers in the Championship last season with 83 goals and have added the firepower of Steve Morison and James Vaughan to their ranks.

Much of Wigan’s season will depend on how they recover from the sale of Charles N’Zogbia, who was arguably their most influential player last season and his form was certainly a pivotal reason for their Premier League survival.

They have also lost Tom Cleverley, who has returned to Manchester United following the end of a successful loan spell.

However, Wigan did only lose two of their last nine league games last season and will feel a home fixture with Norwich will offer a perfect opportunity to extend this form.

It is 1/1 in the Premier League betting that Wigan beat Norwich, while the draw is available at 12/5.

Over/Under 2.5 goals

With Wigan likely to struggle for goals and Norwich potentially playing slightly cautiously on their Premier League return, a low-scoring game could perhaps be the best bet at the DW Stadium.

Hugo Rodallega is expected to start despite the Copa America preventing him taking part in any pre-season action for Wigan, but an ankle injury to James McCarthy could leave them short of creativity.

The Norwich squad is also made up of a large number of players preparing for their first taste of Premier League football, so it remains to be seen if they have the required quality for the top flight.

Therefore, 5/6 could prove outstanding value that the encounter witnesses less than 2.5 goals.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.