Enhance FA Cup final profits by backing Wigan to win by one goal

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It is fairly well documented that Wigan find scoring goals against and therefore beating Manchester City difficult and so if the Latics are to lift the FA Cup for the first time, the odds are that it is unlikely to be in a goal frenzy.

Wigan are 10/3 in the FA Cup betting to simply lift the trophy, with 15/2 the price that they do so via victory inside 90 minutes against their fellow north west opposition.

However, there may be more lucrative odds lurking that should be taken advantage of, especially given the minimal success of the team situated in the away dressing room in an FA Cup final.

Results of the last 20 years indicate some kind of curse for those stationed in the away dressing room, as it has been responsible for just three of the last 20 winners and only one of the last 11.

Portsmouth were this anomaly back in 2008 when Nwankwo Kanu’s solitary goal was enough to sink Cardiff.

The other victors from the away dressing room were Liverpool over Arsenal in 2001 and Manchester United’s triumph over Liverpool in 1996.

Aside from the dressing room, the other thing that is common in this trio of victories are that they were all achieved by a winning margin of just one goal.

Therefore, punters fancying an upset at Wembley may be best served investing in Wigan winning by a margin of one goal, which can be backed at 9/1.

Given that each of the last five finals have only had a winning margin of one goal too, this is further reason to consider this option.

Meanwhile, only one goal separated the pair in their most recent Premier League in mid-April, with Carlos Tevez handing Man City the spoils seven minutes from time.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.