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Wigan’s record suggests they can pull off the great escape

| 14.05.2013

Wigan will go into tonight’s clash with Arsenal knowing that they need to win their last two games of the season to perform a miracle escape and avoid relegation to the second tier.

Roberto Martinez’s men are available at 15/1 with Ladbrokes to take six points from their duo of remaining matches.

The Latics travel to face the Champions League-chasing Arsenal tonight, a tie that they are 7/1 to win.

They will take great belief from their victory over the Gunners at The Emirates last term, as they produced a phenomenal performance to record a famous 2-1 success that was a part of a period that saw them take three points from seven of their last nine fixtures to ensure Premier League survival.

The home side are far from impenetrable on their own patch, losing to the likes of Blackburn andSwanseathis term and drawing their previous two in front of their home faithful.

Should the north-west club overcome this first hurdle they will then host Aston Villa, who could be in danger of the drop themselves, if indeedWigandefeat Arsenal.

The Midlands club suffered a mauling at the hands of the FA Cup winners earlier in the season as they went down 3-0 at Villa Park back in December, and at 19/20 the hosts look a tempting shout to potentially clinch another crucial win inLancashire.

ShouldWigansuffer the indignation of relegation they are priced at 9/2 to make an instant return to the top flight by lifting the Championship title.

Wigan will look toNewcastlefor inspiration if they are to ply their trade in a division below next term.

The Magpies showed great bouncebackability after demotion in 2009 as they romped to the Championship title the following year with 102 points, 11 points ahead of their nearest rivalsWest Brom.

The Latics will also face a new challenge in the next campaign as they take their place in the Europa League.

No English side have triumphed in the competition since 2001, and shouldChelseafail in this season’s final, the side from the DW are available at 66/1 to break that duck.

Survive or drop,Wiganwill face the very real possibility of losing their highly sought-after boss this summer.

Roberto Martinez looks set to take the reins atGoodisonParkand with the move to Everton looking a shoo-in a price of 2/5 on him not being at theWiganmanager at the start of next term looks fantastic value.

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



Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.