Blackburn to drive another nail in the Wigan coffin?
After the tedium of international week, a week in which we learnt that 2012 “will DEFINITELY be England’s year” ™ after they nabbed a fortuitous win against Spain and managed a dizzying two shots on target against Sweden, we’re back to the domestic leagues.
November 18th, 2011
The far more interesting matter of the Premier League is back on the agenda, with the league’s only two remaining unbeaten sides facing off at the Eithad Stadium and a handful of ties that will inevitably be billed as “relegation six pointers” on tomorrow morning’s ‘Soccer Saturday’.
One of those aforementioned “relegation six pointers” is the clash between Wigan and Blackburn at the DW Stadium, where the Latics will attempt to end a dismal run of nine defeats on the bounce.
As much as we like Roberto Martinez, he is presiding over a terrible group of players and even though they’re at home in this must-win clash against the slightly less terrible Blackburn, we can’t see them getting the result that they need.
Despite the defeats, Rovers have actually given a good account of themselves on occasion this season. They were hugely unlucky against Chelsea a fortnight ago and were a dodgy penalty decision away from claiming three points at Norwich the week before that, so the six points to their name doesn’t really do their efforts justice in our view.
You’ll find Blackburn at 19/10 with Hills, Totesport and Betfred and we think that’s worth a shout. The DW is hardly an intimidating venue, it’s a short journey down the M6 and the home side at the lowest scorers in the league. Even with the security of the draw no bet, you’ll get as good as 11/10 on the visitors.
Down in the Championship, one side looking to get into the Premier League at Wigan’s expense is Leeds United, with Simon Grayson’s men dropping in and out of the play-off spaces on a weekly basis.
They travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley tomorrow lunchtime for a clash that should be on everybody’s ‘Goals Galore’ coupon. Burnley have the league’s joint second leakiest home defence whilst Leeds have the league’s joint second most potent attack. Expect goals in this one.
Elsewhere, it seems that talk of Derby County’s demise has been greatly exaggerated, given that they go into their home tie with Hull City as underdogs.
It’s eighth versus ninth at Pride Park and yet Derby are available at a best of 7/4 with Victor Chandler, the same bookie offering 13/8 on the visitors.
We think that price is largely down to Derby’s recent form, which has seen them lose the last two, conceding six in the process. But Hull also come into this tie on the back of two defeats and we’ll be interested to see how the loss of manager Nigel Pearson will disrupt their preparations.
Finally, we’re down in League One where we see that Oldham Athletic are even money at home to struggling Chesterfield.
The Lancashire side have won their last two and have just one defeat in the last six. They are also capable of both scoring and conceding so double up an Oldham win with a ‘both teams to score’.
Wigan Athletic v Blackburn: Blackburn – 19/10
Burnley vs Leeds United: Both teams to score – 8/13 (Coral)
Derby County vs Hull City: Derby– 13/8 (Victor Chandler)
Oldham Athletic vs Chesterfield: Oldham – evs (Various).
Oldham Athletic vs Chesterfield: Both teams to score – 4/6 (BlueSQ, 888sport).