iBet: Things could open up in the second half at the Emirates

Gareth Purnell

Premier League

Arsenal V Wigan, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1

Back the second half to be the highest scoring at 11/10
Back Rafael Nadal to win the French Open at 2.08 (Betfair Exchange)

Spurs got the job done against Stoke on Sunday and that means Arsenal simply have to win this game to stay in charge of their Champions League fate. It’s unlikely to be easy – Wigan showed what they can do against quality teams in the FA Cup final and although they are 18th in the table and also need to win, they are in the top half if we look at the eight match-form  guide and have scored 11 goals in that run.

You never really know what to expect from Wigan. They were terrible against Swansea last week and quite brilliant against Manchester City in the final which they fully deserved to win. The fact that both teams need the three points suggests there should be goals – but there is no real value in those markets (it’s just 4/9 that there will be over 2.5 goals in the game).

It should also be noted that Arsenal (who are top of the eight-match form table) have shored things up lately and only conceded four goals in that run, and that Wigan’s tally of 30 goals conceded in away games is the second best in the bottom half. Note also that the reverse fixture resulted in a 1-0 win for the Londoners. I could see the game being quite tight early on and opening up after the first goal, and for that reason for a value bet, it could pay to back there being most goals in the second half.

Rafael Nadal won the Madrid Open without much fuss and his main rivals were all beaten before the semi final stage. The Spaniard is odds on with the fixed odds bookmakers for the French Open, but 2.08 on the Betfair exchange and that looks worth taking.

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