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Stoke v Wigan: Expect goals on Latics favourite away day

| 29.01.2013

Wigan have fond memories of the Britannia Stadium, having won there on the final day of 2010/11 to complete one of their many great escapes and should not rule out a repeat of the feat on their next visit.

Their price of 11/4 suggests that they won’t, but once watertight Stoke are now leaking goals for fun and there definitely has never been a better time to take on the Potters.

Tony Pulis’ charges can be backed at 1/1 for victory, despite winning just one of their previous 11 games in 90 minutes as well as conceding 13 goals in four Premier League outings. The draw, which often occurs when these two meet – six from nine top-flight tussles – can be backed at a very appealing 12/5 and offers far greater value for money.

The Latics tied their previous league game on the road and have only given up one goal in four trips away from the DW Stadium, though this sequence includes FA Cup dates at lowly Bournemouth and Macclesfield.

Five of the previous seven these two have contested have ended level with a staggering four finishing 2-2, including their most recent renewal of hostilities. Another four-goal split between the two pays handsomely at 16/1, though it’s worth noting that there’s yet to be successive 2-2’s while these clubs have shared Premier League status.

The price for four goals to be scored could be worth backing based around both trends in this fixture and Stoke’s defensive struggles at the moment and 5/1 isn’t too bad a price either.

The best price available on the game, however, has to be the 11/10 for more than 2.5 goals to be produced in the Potteries.

Stoke’s new-found inability to keep teams at bay has seen their unsuspecting home fans treated to three matches yielding this result from four in the league, while Wigan always leave the door open for teams to fill their boots and this piles the value on to these generously distributed odds.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton