Wigan are currently in grave danger of being relegated from the Premier League this season and they would have earmarked their home clash with Birmingham as a must-win game if they have any intention of staying up.
Tottenham and Chelsea are the next two games facing Wigan after they host Birmingham and with the likelihood of getting no points from these fixtures, a win over Birmingham is essential to avoid becoming detached at the foot of the league.
Wigan are 11/10 to beat Birmingham and have failed to score, let alone win, in their last three Premier League matches.
Their lack of potency in attack has been a large contributor to their downfall all season, while Birmingham have been equally as poor in front of goal.
The pair are the worst two in the Premier League in terms of the number of goals they have managed, with Birmingham averaging just a goal a game on their travels.
However, Alex McLeish’s men will take confidence from the fact that they have only lost to Wigan in one of their eight meetings in total in the Premier League.
It is 5/2 in the Premier League betting that Birmingham beat Wigan and claim a first victory since the Carling Cup final, while the draw that would really help neither team in their battles against relegation is priced at 23/10.
Over/Under 2.5 goals
The scoring troubles hindering both teams this season means there is every chance that their meeting will be a low-scoring affair.
Reasonable value can be found in the 4/6 that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored, particularly as Wigan’s top scorer Hugo Rodallega is a doubt with injury.
Birmingham have injury problems of their own, with Lee Bowyer and David Bentley among those facing a race against time to be fit.
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