Wigan surprised everyone when they beat Manchester United at the DW Stadium last term, but this should not put punters off backing the visitors to restore order this time around.
A relatively generous 1/2 is on offer for the Red Devils to begin 2013 with a win as they look to further widen the seven-point gap they have opened at the top of the Premier League.
United have been in scintillating form in recent weeks, dropping just two points since their mid November defeat at Norwich and it’s incredibly difficult to see them doing anything but extending that run against a side they have triumphed over in 15 of the previous 16 renewals.
The Latics snapped a run of six games without victory in style last time out, cruising to a 3-0 win over relegation rivals Aston Villa. This saw them climb out of the drop zone into 16th but they remain just a point above danger.
As slim as the chances of them increasing their meager points tally against United are, they will be boosted by the fact that their Lancashire foes have kept just one clean sheet on the road all season.
They have only failed to score in two Premier League away days, on the other hand, and this makes backing both teams to score at 4/6 a safe bet.
The two away matches in which they drew a blank ended in 1-0 reverses, as was the score in this fixture last term. For those who have faith in lightning striking twice here, a hefty 18/1 is on offer for a 1-0 home win.
Only the bottom two have conceded more goals than Wigan on their own patch, however, which signifies the enormity of the task they face in keeping the division’s most potent attack at bay.
A massive 13/2 says they can keep a clean sheet here, while the win to nil is on offer at a wallet-fattening 10/1.
For those looking for a simple upset, the Wigan is priced at 5’s, while the draw is a 10/3 shot, though both should be overlooked.
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