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Wigan v Spurs: Second-half strikes to damage Latics survival hopes

| 26.04.2013

With both sides still having plenty left to play for, 13/5 Wigan’s home clash with Tottenham represents an intriguing clash for neutrals and punters alike.

Travelling Spurs are 19/20 to grab the win that would bolster their Champions League qualification chances considerably, whilst a draw, possibly not enough for either side, is a 5/2 chance.

But it is the team within the upper echelons of the Premier League who appear best sided with, after recent victories over Manchester City and Swansea look to have ended their mini blip.

By contrast, their FA Cup finalist hosts have failed to win in their last three league outings, losing twice, and failing to score in each of those most recent defeats.

Of the four goals the Latics have conceded in this period too, three came after the break, and it certainly appears sensible to back Spurs to do most of their scoring in the second period here.

In the past seven meetings of these teams, 16 of the 22 goals notched have come after the break, with Tottenham responsible for 11 of those.

7/5 is the price that they bag more times after the break than they do in the first half, a bet which appears unmissable in light of 39 of their 58 total league strikes this term coming in the closing period of matches.

Alternatively, punters could take the 4/1 odds that Spurs emerge triumphant from a game that is level at half-time, especially considering there has been parity between them and their opponents at the break in 18 of their 33 seasonal Premier League fixtures so far.

And Gareth Bale’s return to fitness and form is sure to heighten confidence in Andre Villas-Boas’ men, in light of Tottenham not winning a league game since New Years’ Day in which the Real Madrid target didn’t register.

23-goal Bale is 6/5 to find the net at the DW Stadium, and 9/2 to break the deadlock, with the same price attributed to him closing the scoring as he did in his last appearance.

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



John Klee