Fri, Feb 25, 1:38pm by Kevin Pitstock
The meeting of Wigan Athletic v Manchester United is a clash of opposites, with Wigan a non-league team in the 1970’s, up against a team rich in tradition and history. All that should matter little when they meet as equals on the pitch., but the fact remains that Wigan have yet to take so much as a point off United in any of their meetings in the Premier League. At some point that record surely has to break, but what chance of a change around this Saturday?
WIGAN ATHLETIC PREVIEW
Wigan’s horrible record against Manchester United has been mentioned by Roberto Martinez in this game, with the Latics boss hoping they don’t suffer from a “mental block” as they prepare to face the league leaders. Last year they got thumped 5-0 home and away, but there was improvement this time as they lost 2-0 at Old Trafford. They had put together a four match unbeaten run until their last game, an FA Cup defeat by Bolton. Not too much should be read into that though, as both sides made several changes. It underlined their problems with home form, having picked just 3 league wins at the DW Stadium all season – they can also concede flurries of goals.
MANCHESTER UNITED PREVIEW
Despite a win and then a draw away from home in the Champions League, it’s not been a particularly impressive week for Manchester United. They laboured to a 1-0 win over Crawley in the FA Cup, and then an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Marseille. Injuries are stretching the squad, with Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Michael Owen and others missing. There are other factors here that don’t bode so well either. The firstly is United’s away form in the league, just three wins , albeit with a volley of draws. The second is the pitch Wigan play on. It’s not the best, and suffers at the hands of the rugby league players. The pitch wasn’t in good condition either for their loss at Wolves, United’s only league defeat of the season. These two factors might lead to a degree of concern. An early goal could quickly break Wigan, but it might all be a rather scrappy mess.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v MANCHESTER UNITED PREDICTION AND TIP
Tough to call, but United’s record against Wigan might just be the telling factor. We predict a 1-0 win to United here. They are too short to back at around $1.50, so go for the $6.00 correct score with Sporting Bet Australia.
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