Arsenal v Wigan preview: Three points on a plate?
Bookmakers make Arsenal a top priced 1.29 to beat Wigan at the Emirates, and the stats suggest that they are worthy odds-on shots to do just that.
The Gunners have an absolutely outstanding record against the Latics.
They have won all nine matches at home to them in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last six.
They have also have scored 19 goals in their last six league meetings- an average of 3.16 per game and won 10 of their 13 PL meetings Roberto Martinez’ men (D2 L1).
The visitors are the only Premier League side to have played at least five times at the Emirates but never taken a point (W0 D0 L6) and you can see why they are only a top priced 1.29 with Betfred and Paddy Power to win this.
It is true that Wigan have been playing better lately, and have lost only one of their last four league games on the road.
They also come into the match on the back of a shock 1-0 win over Man United, but the league leaders were way off form that day and an on-song Arsenal should be simply too much for them to handle.
Given the aforementioned goal scoring statistics in games between these two, over 2.5 goals looks a good punt.
You can get 1.53 with Boylesports and Paddy Power about that outcome, and that price looks better value than backing Arsenal in the outright win market.
Robin van Persie, who has scored or assisted 59 goals in his last 50 PL appearances, is sure to cause the Wigan defence plenty of problems and has to be worth a punt a a top priced 3.25 with bet365 to net the opener.
I think the Dutchman will fire Arsenal to a wide margin victory, and for those that like to play the correct score markets 3-0 and 4-0 appeal most.