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Wigan v Man Utd: champions visit to dent Latics survival hopes

| 11.04.2012

After a desperately unlucky defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, Wigan are aiming to revive their survival chances by conquering Manchester United at the DW Stadium, as 8/1 shots.

United’s dominant assault on a 20th Premier League title looks set to continue however, and they can take another giant step towards the accolade by winning for the ninth league game in a row at 4/11.

You can back the draw at 7/2, though Man United’s 13 consecutive league successes over Wigan would seem to indicate that the home side has little chance of pulling even this result off.

It is interesting to note that United lifted the 2008 Premier League trophy at the Latics’ home in the aftermath of a 2-0 victory, and with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side winning three of their last nine league matches by this scoreline, a repeat of it here looks overpriced at 5/1.

Punters should also take into account that the Red Devils have won without conceding in their past five encounters with Wigan, and they look good at 11/10 to win to nil again in this match.

Four of those five games saw United register on at least three occasions too, and so the 5/6 odds about an away win in a match featuring three or more goals may be worth investing in.

As Ferguson’s charges have emanated from each half victorious in four of the past five meetings of the teams too, the 4/6 odds for United to be leading at half-time and full-time are appealing, whilst a better value 5/4 for the away side to win both halves deserves interest.

Wayne Rooney has been in blistering form of late, and his penalty against QPR was his fifth in his last six league games, making him stand out as a 5/2 chance for the opener on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Ashley Young has gone some way to rediscovering his early season form recently, and it may pay dividends to back him at 11/2 to score the first goal.



John Klee