iBet: Unpredictable Wigan worth a flutter
Wigan V Stoke (Saturday, 3pm)
Lay Wigan @ 1.9 to one
We will stick with the Premiership because lower league matches are by no means certain to go ahead in this weather. Wigan, who lost striker Moses to long term injury this week, are a very strange side. They certainly have talent, but I’m not sure how much fight they possess and they are going to need plenty against a super-resilient Stoke side who have been climbing the table for some time. Wigan are really struggling in front of goal, having scored only six in eight games at home (none in the first half), only two of which they have won. Stoke, who should have skipper Faye back, are unbeaten in four including games against Liverpool and Man City and beat West Brom easily in their last away fixture. With the draw on our side, I’m laying Wigan at 1.9 to one. Stoke also score most of their goals in the second half and it might also be worth laying there being a goal in the first ten minutes at around five to one.
Villareal did the business for us last night to move to the top of group D. They have one game remaining, against eliminated FC Bruges, and for my mind are pretty certain to qualify. Given that they sit third in the super competitive Spanish Primera and are fantastic at home, I just don’t get why they are 16/1 to back for the competition, whereas Man City for instance, who are by no means certain to field strong teams in this competition even in the latter stages are 5-1. Villareal are worth a small stakes back at 16-1 to win the Europa Cup.
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