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Fulham vs Wigan: Latics revival to halt at Craven Cottage

| 20.04.2012

Europa League qualification is not out of the question for Fulham, and they can take a big step towards a top seven finish by besting Wigan at 10/11 on Saturday.

Their visitors have been in tremendous form lately, winning four of their past five games, including successes over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, so some will be inclined to back them at 3/1 this weekend.

Meanwhile, the draw is a 12/5 shot, which could see interest from those taking note of the respective sides playing out ten league stalemates apiece this season.

Despite their admirable performances of late, Wigan could come crashing back down to earth at Craven Cottage, where Fulham have an impressive record this season.

The Cottagers triumphed 2-0 in this fixture last season, and won by the same scoreline at the DW Stadium earlier this term, indicating that 6/1 odds about that outcome here are too long.

It is also worth noting that Wigan have failed to beat Fulham in the past ten encounters between the sides, and as the Latics have failed to score in half of these games, Fulham look well-priced at 13/8 to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.

At an even more attractive 9/4, Martin Jol’s men seem to have a terrific chance of winning to nil, so that price is likely to be snapped up by punters.

The home side to win a match featuring two or less goals is also an attractive proposition at 5/2, considering that the Cottagers average very slightly than two strikes per outing on their own patch, and have a sturdy defensive record there too.

In addition, punters looking to place a first scorer bet should look no further than American marksman Clint Dempsey, who will be eager to add to his 16 league goals with the opener at 9/2, after being harshly overlooked for PFA Player of the Year contention earlier this week.



John Klee