Wigan vs Tottenham – Defoe and not Adebayor to be difference

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Tottenham either draw a blank or score a hatful of goals against Wigan and given the strength of their recent form, it will be the latter in their first showdown this season.

Spurs have managed a respectable 12 goals in their six Premier League clashes with Wigan and this is despite failing to find the target in four of these fixtures.

The choice of referee Jonathan Moss could also work in Tottenham’s favour as the home team has failed to triumph in any of the last nine league games that he has officiated.

Meanwhile, both of those in the Premier League have ended 2-1 to the away team.

Tottenham’s odds are 1/1 to beat Wigan, while 7/1 is available in the correct scoreline market that they win 2-1.

Wigan are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games at the DW Stadium, but may find it tougher without injured star striker Hugo Rodallega.

Meanwhile, the defensive casualties are racking up for Wigan, with Emmerson Boyce, Steve Gohouri and Antolin Alcaraz all doubts.

It is 11/4 In the Premier League odds that Wigan secure victory and 12/5 that they draw.

On a positive, they did beat Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane last season when they were largely given no hope of obtaining a result

Emmanuel Adebayor has made a big impression since joining Spurs on loan, scoring three goals in his opening two appearances.

Adebayor is 9/2 to score first and 6/5 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes.

However, Jermain Defoe has scored more goals against Wigan than any other club and could be the better option to score at some point at 7/4.

If Adebayor and Defoe are selected in attack, it could heap more frustration on Rafael van der Vaart, who may have to spend some more time on the substitute’s bench.

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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.