Wigan V Chelsea - Saturday Premier League Action
Saturday evening’s live Premier League action comes from the DW Stadium where Wigan have it all to do against the reigning champions after their disastrous opening day defeat to newly-promoted Blackpool.
Wigan were in utter disarray as Blackpool ran out 0-4 winners in one of the most surprising results in the Premier League for a long time, and a home game against Chelsea is just about the last thing Roberto Martinez and his side need after starting the season in such fashion.
The Latics did of course upset the Blues here last season as they ran out 3-1 winners, though as the 12/1 available about the home win suggests, a repeat would be an even bigger shock this time round with Wigan looking decidedly weaker than a year ago and trading as short as 5/4 to be relegated this season.
Scoring goals certainly looks like a big problem for Wigan this season and though Hugo Rodallega enjoyed a good start to his career in England, the goals dried up in the second half of last season and he is as big as 14/1 to score the first goal in this one.
Mauro Boselli has been brought into the club to try to fix that problem, and while he has a fine record in Argentinean football, it remains to be seen how he will settle into life in England, especially with a side who look set to struggle. Boselli is also 14/1 to score first, or 4/1 to score at any time which looks the way to go if you are keen to back him.
Unfortunately for Latics fans, this one does look to be all about the Blues and it’s tough to pick out any bets here that aren’t in favour of Chelsea, starting with their match odds of 2/9, which although short, will surely be a winning bet.
The feeling amongst many punters and pundits will be that if Blackpool scored 4 here, Chelsea could score 10, and if you do fancy them to run riot, you can back 3 of their main threats - Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda - all to score at 6/1 in Blue Square’s special treble.
If this one does go the way everyone expects, Chelsea -1 on Blue Square’s Handicap market is bound to be a popular punt a 4/6, while Chelsea -2 should also be a popular bet at 17/10 considering the champions’ recent scoring exploits. Don’t forget that the Blues celebrated last season’s title with a remarkable 8-0 home win on the final day. Against Wigan.
Looking at the Team Specials market, there are a host of tempting bets for Chelsea backers to get stuck into, with Chelsea to win to nil probably the most appealing at a very decent 4/5. Chelsea to score in both halves also looks decent at 4/5, while Chelsea to keep a clean sheet looks like another winning bet at 8/13.
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