Wigan v Man United Prediction 1st January 2013December 31st, 2012 / lee
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Most people will remember this match from last season, when the survival specialists Wigan pulled off a shock 1-0 win, and a deserved one at that, against the title-chasing Red Devils. However, with that said and done, Manchester United have won 15 of the last 16 matches altogether against the Latics. It was a costly defeat at the DW Stadium last season for Sir Alex Ferguson, is there any hint of a repeat this season?
Wigan v Man United Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man United 1/2, Draw 3/1, Wigan 5/1
Wigan v Man United Recommended Bet:
Relegation is the dominating factor of Wigan’s season again as we ease past the halfway point of the season. They finally took a bit of respite with a win over the struggling Aston Villa on the weekend to ease some pressure. Roberto Martinez still has his side playing nice football, but it has not converted into enough points. The win against Villa sent them out of the drop zone and up into 16th place and this is a big game for them now to try and build on that. Another three points though here look as if they will be a really tough three points for them to get their hands on. They aren’t in any great form, losing five of their last seven in the Premier League now. They have only kept one clean sheet in their last ten matches in the league, and that was against Villa on the weekend. Wigan have taken more wins on the road than they have at home this season, holding a W2 D3 L5 record at the DW Stadium for this season. Having taken four points from the last 21 available has dumped Wigan in the precarious position. They have managed to score at a rate of just 1.3 goals per game at home this season, conceding at a rate of 1.8 per game on home soil. That may not be tight enough to keep out the power of the United attack. Over 70% of Wigan’s home matches have gone over 2.5 goals. In thirteen of Wigan’s 20 matches this season, the opposition has scored first, and the Latics have led at halftime in just three of their games this term.
Manchester United are rolling along nicely at the moment, as they took back to back wins at Old Trafford against Newcastle and West Brom in their last two matches. Their powerful form has seen them open a seven point gap at the top of the league and they look to be powering towards yet another title. There is no questioning their fire-power at the moment, they have netted fifty times this season already and six in their last two. Robin van Persie has netted 14 times this season and is a massive threat, as Wayne Rooney remains on the sidelines through injury. Five of their last eight matches in the Premier League has seen Man United score at least three goals in each of them, but there are still problems for them at the back. There has been just one clean sheet for the Red Devils in their last six Premier League outings now and they have a powerful away record. They have taken seven wins, a draw and two defeats in their ten away matches. Their conversion rate is high at a rate of over 2.2 goals per game but so is their rate of conceding, which is at 1.5 goals per game on the road. So there is potential for Wigan, but do they really have the power to out-gun the Red Devils? The shock result last season really flew in the face of all the history between the two sides and will probably remain an upset. United are unbeaten in the last three away matches, scoring eight goals in those matches, and they should have enough to take three points away from this. A United -1.75 Asian Handicap for a price of 37/20 at online bookmaker Bet365 looks easy enough for them to overcome.
Wigan LDLLLW, Man United LWWDWW
United have notched up fifteen wins in their last sixteen matches against Wigan
The Red Devils have won seven of their last eight in the league
Wigan have conceded at least one goal in 100% of their home matches
70% of Wigan’s home matches have gone over 2.5 goals
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