Wigan Athletic

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DW

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

West Ham

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DW

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Top of the table in League 1, high flying Wigan will be relishing the chance to take on Premier League opposition in the form of West Ham United.

Last time: This is the first time the teams have met since Wigan dropped out of the English top flight. The last meeting took place at West Hams Upton Park ground in April 2013, that day the Hammers ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan.

This time: West Hame are 5/3 for the win, while Wigan are 13/8 and the draw is 12/5.

You might remember: May 2011, Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia pinching a 90th minute winner to complete a Latics comeback from two goals down at the DW Stadium. Demba Ba’s first half double had put the visitors firmly in control of the game but an inspired second half performance see Wigan take all three points, a Connor Sammon goal sandwiched between a Charles N’Zogbia double helped the home side to victory.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Michail Antonio is one of a number of West Ham absentees ahead of the tricky trip to Wigan

Having already defeated Premier League opposition in the last round and currently on a 14 game undefeated streak, League 1’s top boys will be quietly confident of pulling off another scalp in this Fourth Round tie. David Moyes’ side are undefeated in their last seven but having needed a replay and extra time to beat League 1 Shrewsbury in the previous round, the Hammers will be well aware of the dangers facing lower league opposition can pose.

West Ham understandably start as slight favourites for the tie, with a win priced at 8/5. The Londoners have found a new lease of life under manager Moyes with the Scotsman making them difficult to beat. Injuries have depleted their attacking options and it’s hard to see them winning this one comfortably, a 1-0 West Ham is well priced at 7/1.

With 18 clean sheets this season and the most goals scored in English third tier, Wigan will be confident of at least focring a replay out of this one. With West Ham expected to rotate their starting 11, a Wigan win priced at 13/8 should go close, with the home side capable to scoring goals and preventing them a 2-0 win at 12/1 is worth a look.

The draw at 12/5 is a safe bet here although neither side will want the hassle of a replay, the 0-0 is priced at 9/1 with a 1-1 score draw at 11/2 looking closer to the mark. You will find Wigan at 6/4 to qualify with West Ham at 8/15.

Javier Hernandez is at 9/2 to open the scoring, after netting the equalizer for his side last weekend “the little pea” will be hoping to add another to his tally this coming weekend. Chicharito is expected to be partnered with Andrew Ayew, the Ghanaian striker is priced at 6/1 to grab the opening goal.

Wigan top scorers Nick Powell and Will Grigg are also marked at 9/2 to opening the scoring, Grigg notched his 12th of the season in last weeks win over Plymouth. Winger Michael Jacobs has chipped in with 7 goals so far this season, here you will find him at 8/1 to score first. If you fancy Wigan to lead at the break  you can get odds of 16/1 for Wigan at half time and the draw at full time.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A home win. Wigan are having a fantastic season and it will not be too much of a surprise to see them pull this off. Expect a fast start from the home side, you can get Wigan to score in the opening 10 minutes at 7/1.

2

We fancy:

Will Grigg has been on fire in recent weeks for his team, you will get 28/1 for Grigg to score first and Wigan to win 2-1

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

With him potentially looking for a move this January, Javier Hernandez will hope to to put himself in the shop window here. You can get a 50/1 for Hernandez to score first and a 2-2 draw.

Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.