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Wigan v Aston Villa: Keane to end Villa loan on a high

| 24.02.2012

Aston Villa may have lost their last two Premier League games, but their record in away games against the teams battling relegation makes them the better bet at 6/4 to triumph in their away clash with Wigan.

Villa are treading water after slipping to their lowest position in the table all season of 15th spot, but they do have a decent record against the teams occupying the positions around them, especially on their travels.

Alex McLeish’s men are unbeaten on the road against all of the teams currently in the bottom half and perhaps most importantly, have beaten Wigan’s fellow bottom three members Wolves and Bolton in away games.

Furthermore, only once in the 11 Premier League meetings between Villa and Wigan have been won by the home side and that was earlier this season.

Wigan have failed to win in their last ten Premier League fixtures at the DW Stadium and this slump needs to be arrested soon if they are to stand a chance of escaping the drop.

It is 7/4 that Wigan turn around their form by beating Aston Villa, while the draw that will do neither side any real favours in their battles with the drop can be backed at 23/10.

A lack of goals have proved Wigan’s main weakness, but they could strike against a Villa team that have kept just a single clean sheet in 12 Premier League games and are without the injured Richard Dunne.

Victor Moses can be slightly selfish, but this may prove a good thing in their quest for goals and he is 3/1 to score in the 90 minutes.

For Villa, Robbie Keane will want to depart on a high before returning to the MLS and is 5/1 to strike the opener, with Charles N’Zogbia 12/1 in the same market to frustrate his former club.

McLeish is also expected to welcome Gabby Agbonlahor back from injury and he is 9/4 to net against Wigan for a sixth time in the Premier League.



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.