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Premier League betting preview: Wigan

by Rob Dore | August 15, 2012


Summer Summary

It’sbeen quiet in terms of tittle-tattle in Wigan over the summer. The fact that football is the town’s fourth most popular past-time behind
(1) rugby league
(2) talking about how much they love rugby league
(3) talking about much they love being northern
means there’s rarely much money in the piggy bank. This off-season is no exception and only the likely sale of Victor Moses is likely to spark much of a shopping spree.

Something to be positive about

Roberto Martinez is still in charge.
He was so close to joining Liverpool you know. According to Dave Whelan.
And Aston Villa. According to Dave Whelan.
The Dave Whelan Press Association was proven to be wrong about those predictions and that’s ostensibly a good thing for the Latics. He had his team playing that wonderful brand of Latiki-taka football in the heat of the relegation battle, so if they can produce that from the beginning of the new season, they should be looking up. It could mean they stay up comfortably and if they don’t stay up, at least they’ll be pretty to look at as they get relegated. It’s win-win. Kind of.

Something to be a bit worried about

Roberto Martinez is still in charge.
If you’re not a subscriber to the view that the Spaniard is some sort of genius working miracles on a tiny budget, then you’d probably be a bit concerned. Yes, they played some brilliant football towards the end of the season to keep the Premier League dream alive, but the other seven months of the season were about as encouraging as G4S taking care of your security arrangements. They finished strongly, but had two nine games spells during the season when they didn’t win a league game. You’d doubt their ability to recover from such a nose-dive again.

An optimistic season bet

If Roberto Martinez can continue to have his team playing like the Barcelona of the north, the 11/2 for Wigan to finish in the Top 10 isn’t the worst of ideas. They probably need around 48 points to do it, but they weren’t a million miles away from that last season with 43.

A more realistic season bet

It’s another version of the ‘flash in the pan’ v ‘long term improvement’ debate. Wigan are 2/5 to avoid relegation and 7/4 to be relegated. Whatever you plump for, slogging it out near basement looks likely.

New arrivals

Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca, undisclosed)
Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen, undisclosed)
Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal, loan)

Packing their bags

Mohamed Diame (West Ham, free)
Chris Kirkland (Sheff Wed, released)
Hugo Rodallega (Fulham, free)







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