Tottenham v Wigan: Latics looking to keep the score down
Any Wigan apprehension ahead of making the trip to White Hart Lane is be understandable; they were on the wrong end of a 9-1 spanking the last time they played here on a November afternoon.
Obviously, this was the heaviest Premier League loss to date and with Tottenham enjoying a vein of form that’s just shy of rich, the odds are stacked against them to leave north London with all three points. It’s 6/1 for a Latics win, as opposed to the hosts very short 4/9, while even the draw is long at 10/3.
Jermain Defoe ran riot in the 9-1 rout of three seasons past, netting five goals in a second half when then goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was beaten no less than eight times. The England man is 7/2 to open the scoring this time around. However, with just one goal in his last seven Spurs appearances this doesn’t represent great value.
Two of Andre Villas Boas’ summer acquisitions have greater potential for profit in this market based on their performances against Roberto Martinez’s team of Houdini’s last term.
Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in Fulham’s 2-0 victory at the DW Stadium and notched the winner in Spurs’ last Premier League match, whereas Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson bagged a brace in Lancashire as Swansea ran out winners by the same scoreline.
The latter is a 7/1 shot to break the deadlock in this one, while flamboyant American Dempsey is a touch shorter at 11/2.
Wigan are a team famed for their unpredictability under Martinez, yet their away form in the league this campaign has been a little more like what you’d expect from perennial relegation battlers.
Their first road trip yielded a 2-0 win at Southampton but have lost three on the bounce since then and struggled for goals in the process.
Emmerson Boyce’s surprise strike in a 2-1 reverse at the Liberty Stadium is the solitary mark that stands between them and three consecutive blanks away from the DW.
Back a home win to-nil at 6/4 if you’re looking for the best value on this game.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date