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Strange that Wigan are not being backed seriously for relegation

| 11.10.2012

Wigan were 11/10 and soon to shorten to 4/6 to be relegated from the Premier League at this point last season, so it is somewhat surprising that punters are largely ignoring them to face the drop in the current campaign despite their form being no better.

Punters may have been fooled by the fact that Wigan sit relatively high for their standards at present in 15th in the Premier League standings.

However, their tally of five points from their opening seven games matches their worst ever top-flight start and this exact total saw them sit in the relegation places at the same stage of the last campaign.

Wigan are 7/4 to go down this season and their luck of surviving the drop must surely run out soon after arguably surviving seven years as leading relegation candidates.

They cannot have any more great escapes left in them and in terms of their squad, this is arguably the weakest they have been from an attacking perspective.

Usually an attacking midfielder has come to their rescue with a string of solid displays late in a season to turn around results.

Charles N’Zogbia was replaced by Victor Moses last season, but they look a bit thin in this department at present with the onus on either Shaun Maloney or Ryo Miyachi, who is yet to start in the Premier League, to provide the ammunition.

The reason they are being ignored by punters may well be because these same punters are getting fed up of continually backing Wigan for the drop and then seeing an almost-certain payout snatched from them late in the season.

Meanwhile, there is additionally the consensus that although Wigan do not seem to have improved, there are other clubs that remain worse than them, including Norwich and Reading.

Punters may have been stung by Wigan in the past, but it is not often that they can be backed at such a big price to face the drop and the 7/4 on them being relegated looks far better value than the 4/9 that they survive another Premier League season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.