The fans that will flock to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday in search of some action would be better off turning up at half-time.
The two Premier League games between Bolton and Wigan Athletic this season have both ended 1-1 with all of the goals coming in the second half, and punters can back a third 1-1 score line in a row at 11/2.
This is the first time the two sides have ever met in the FA Cup, but Wigan’s record in the League Cup against Bolton – two wins to Bolton’s one – suggests Roberto Martinez’s side look the value at 4/1 to beat Bolton.
On current form the second half will provide all the action and it’s 9/1 for the game to be level at half-time with Wigan winning at full-time.
Bolton are winless in their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opposition and while their recent dip in form suggests the 4/6 available for Bolton to win holds little value.
A quick glance at the Premier League table and you would assume that Bolton would have to win this game, but the biggest threat to Wigan progressing is the draw (11/4), and the Lactics may have to wait until the replay to secure their place in the fifth round.
Goals have been few and far between with just 10 in the last seven ties between the two teams, and under 2.5 goals is available at 5/6 and a 1-0 Wigan win is available at 8/1.
Wigan are a massive 4/1 to win the second half and that looks the pick of the betting markets, and Martinez’s side also offer some value at 12/5 to score first in the second half.
A £10 stake on Charles N’Zogbia scoring first and Wigan winning 1-0 would return £500. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.