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Huddersfield v Wigan: Debut draw for Robins not ideal

| 16.02.2013

A replay is the last thing either Huddersfield or Wigan will want in their FA Cup fifth round tie, but a draw does look the most likely outcome at the Galpharm Stadium at 5/2.

League survival is the chief aim for both clubs over the remaining three months and with Championship form more vital than an FA Cup run, this game represents a freebie in a way for new Huddersfield manager Mark Robins.

The good news for him is that Huddersfield come into the game high on confidence having won their midweek fourth-round replay away at Leicester, while they are unbeaten in seven at home.

This run dates back to December 1st, but six of these seven results have all been draws.

Robins avoided defeat on his home debuts at fellow Yorkshire clubs Rotherham and Barnsley and Huddersfield are 5/2 to win this.

Many punters will see this clash as one of the biggest possibilities of an upset in the round, but those wanting to take less of a risk can profit from 6/4 on a home win in the draw no bet market.

Furthermore, Huddersfield did triumph on the last occasion that they hosted Premier League opposition in the FA Cup, when dumping out Birmingham in 2008.

However, this is their only win in the competition against top-flight opposition in 15 attempts and Roberto Martinez will see this as a fine opportunity to make the FA Cup sixth round for the first time as Wigan boss.

Wigan do look a tad short at 1/1 for victory though, especially as only Reading and West Ham have lost more Premier League games on the road than them this season.

All of Wigan’s three FA Cup outings this season have seen no more than two goals scored and the same can be said for Huddersfield’s last five at the Galpharm.

Therefore, under 2.5 goals has some appeal here too at 1/1 and this eventuality combined with the draw could make it a profitable cup tie for punters at 9/1.

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



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.