Wigan V Fulham Betting Odds

victory has not come easily for either side recently with the two sides only recording two wins each out of their previous eleven league fixtures.

Five places but only one point separating these two and with both teams struggling for form this game could go down to the wire.

Both Wigan and Fulham come into this match looking for a much-needed win to ease their relegation fears. The Latics sit 19th in the drop zone whilst Fulham are only a point better off in 14th but did win last time out at home to West Brom. However, victory has not come easily for either side recently with the two sides only recording two wins each out of their previous eleven league fixtures.

Franco Di Santo and Chris Kirkland could return to the Wigan line up but both remain doubtful. Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy and Victor Moses all remain sidelined. Wigan will also be without record signing and 'goal machine' Mauro Boselli who has joined Genoa on loan for the rest of the season with the option of a permanent transfer.

Andy Johnson and Moussa Demebele may return to the Fulham line-up, which would be a welcome relief for a team who has lacked goals on the road this season but both remain 50/50 at best. Mark Schwarzer is unavailable as he is with Australia on Asia Cup duty so David Stockdale is likely to deputise. Long-term absentees Bobby Zamora and Philippe Senderos remain sidelined.

Last Saturday's victory over Hull in the FA Cup means that Wigan have only lost one of their last seven games in all competitions. Their home form in recent weeks has also been steady if unspectacular with only one defeat in six games. This included a confidence-boosting draw against title chasing Arsenal but was followed by a poor performance and result against Newcastle, who they could have leapfrogged with a victory.

The Latics have drawn five of their eleven home games this season and unless they start converting some of theses into wins relegation will become almost a certainty. The bookmakers have the hosts as very slight favourites in this one with odds at around 6/4.

Despite Fulham only winning two of their last eleven league games both have come within their previous three. Including an emphatic win at home to West Brom and an impressive result and clean sheet away Stoke. However, Fulham have only that solitary victory on their travels all season and have collected only four points out of their last six away games. In typical Mark Hughes fashion, The Cottagers have drawn half their away games this season and ten out of 21 in the league so far.

Like the hosts they will have to start converting some of those stalemates into victories if they have any chance of staying in the division. The bookmakers believe that the away side certainly have a chance in this one and betting odds of around 9/4 reflect this.

We are unlikely to see many goals, if any, at the JJB this weekend with Wigan only registering ten at home all season, the second worst behind Birmingham in the division. Fulham aren't much better on their travels, hitting the back of the net only eight times all season, with only Wolves scoring less. With Diomansy Kamara hitting a hat-trick last week in the FA Cup and the possibility of Johnson and Dembele being back in the team, Fulham may fancy their chances playing against a Wigan defence that has conceded the most home goals in the premiership this season with twenty. However this is unlikely to be a high scoring affair and under 1.5 goals can be backed at 7/4 with most bookmakers.

With only a point separating them at the foot of the table this is simply a game that neither team can afford to lose. Draw anyone?

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/01/2011 - 12:59 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Southampton, Watford

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