Spurs to capitalise on Wigan injury crisis
After the Carling Cup wasted everyone’s time in midweek, we’re back to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League and this weekend’s largely uninspiring fixture list.
September 23rd, 2011
Even the Saturday lunchtime clash between Man City and Everton isn’t doing much to whet our appetite but nevertheless, there’s money to be made and so we preview this weekend’s action.
The first fixture that springs from the page is just up the road from Eastlands, where Wigan Athletic host Tottenham.
“Why does this fixture spring from the page?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s because Spurs can be had for an incredibly generous even money with William Hill and Ladbrokes. Yes, the same Tottenham that hammered Liverpool 4-0 last week.
On paper, this looks to be a formality for Tottenham. Unbeaten in the last four (no, penalty shoot-out defeats to Stoke don’t count) and with an in-form Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe leading the line, Spurs look to have put their early season struggles behind them. An impressive 2-0 success at Wolves suggests that Harry Redknapp’s side aren’t particularly prone to travel sickness either.
On the other side of the coin, Wigan have lost three on the bounce and have just one success to their name this season. That form can be explained in part by the size of the queue outside the DW Stadium physio room – one which has just been made longer by Hugo Rodallega, who is out for a month. Emmerson Boyce, Steven Gohouri and Antolin Alcaraz are also out with various aches and pains.
With no Rodallega, we wonder who will be getting the goals for the Latics against a Spurs side that has kept four clean sheets on the bounce and, whilst the 12/5 on Spurs to win ‘to nil’ is tempting, we’ll go with the safer option of Spurs by any means necessary.
To make that more interesting we’re going to dip into the Championship and back Derby Country, who we think are a tasty proposition at home to Millwall.
Fresh from their “derby” success at Nottingham Forest, the Rams currently sit fourth in the Championship with four wins from the last six. Conversely, they host a Millwall side that hasn’t won in four games and hasn’t scored away from home in the league since the opening day. On that basis, we think that 8/5 available about a Rams victory is far too big.
Wigan Athletic vs Tottenham: Tottenham to win @ evens
Derby County vs Millwall: Derby to win @ 8/5