There is live Premier League action from the DW Stadium on Saturday lunchtime as Wigan take on Arsenal. It is the Gunners who start favourites with the bookies for a fixture that has tended to produce plenty of goals in recent years and Arsene Wenger will be keen for his side to reaffirm their top-four credentials this weekend.
Arsenal are currently fifth in the table and just two points behind Chelsea in third, albeit the Blues have a game in hand. It is remarkable to think that the Gunners are in such a position at this stage of the season as they have been so inconsistent in games and they do start as 8/11 odds on favourites with Ladbrokes on Saturday.
They are coming up against a Wigan side short of confidence and form and the bookies fancy that Arsenal will have too much for their opponents. There has been plenty of discontent amongst Arsenal fans after their embarrassing penalty shoot-out defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup last week but they have bounced back in the best possible way with a comfortable 5-2 win over Reading on Monday night.
Theo Walcott was in electric form at the Madejski as he scored his seventh goal in his last eight games to take his tally to 11 goals for the season. Walcott is 11/2 to be first goalscorer on Saturday and it will be interesting to see if he starts in a main central striker role again for this weekend's match.
This Wigan v Arsenal fixture certainly hasn't been short of goalscorers in recent years as each of the last four meetings at the DW Stadium have witnessed at least four goals, with 18 scored in total during that time. Over 3.5 goals in the match is a 6/4 punt, although it could be worth a look at Arsenal to score over 2.5 goals in the game at 2/1.
Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen is a player that has tended to enjoy playing against Wigan as he has scored four goals in his last three appearances against them. The Belgian is a tempting 8/1 to score anytime on Saturday and that could be worth a look after he scored the equaliser against Bradford last week.
A punt on Vermaelen looks even more tempting when you consider that Wigan have conceded a league-high seven goals to defenders this season and the Latics are really struggling for form now. Roberto Martinez's team have won one and lost five of their last seven league games and they find themselves down in 18th place in the league table, with Ladbrokes bookmakers pricing them 7/2 to win and 11/4 to draw on Saturday.
It is defensively that Wigan have struggled most as they have conceded two goals in eight of their last nine home league games, while failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them. The form of goalkeeper Ali Al Hamsi remains a worry and Arsenal could take advantage if Walcott can maintain his recent scoring form.
Wigan v Arsenal Form
Check the season's statistics for both Wigan and Arsenal, plus the odds ahead of Saturday's match.
Wigan v Arsenal Tips
Tip #1: Theo Walcott to score first @ 11/2 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #2: Thomas Vermaelen to score anytime @ 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #3: Arsenal to score over 2.5 goals @ 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Odds
14/1 Wigan 1-0
20/1 Wigan 2-0
12/1 Wigan 2-1
12/1 Draw 0-0
7/1 Draw 1-1
14/1 Draw 2-2
8/1 Arsenal 1-0
8/1 Arsenal 2-0
15/2 Arsenal 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
5/1 Olivier Giroud
11/2 Theo Walcott
11/2 Lukas Podolski
6/1 Marouane Chamakh
7/1 Arouna Kone
8/1 Santi Cazorla
8/1 Franco Di Santo
8/1 Andrey Arshavin
8/1 Mauro Boselli
10/1 Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain
10/1 Jordi Gomez
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes.com, who offer live betting in-running for all Premier League matches.
|Nigeria v Uruguay Odds Back Suarez to score in Uruguay win|
Crucial Game In Group B
|Italy v Japan Odds The Azzurri hot favourites in Recife|
Back Balotelli To Score Opener
|Brazil v Mexico Odds Hosts looking to secure semi final spot|
Back Neymar To Score In Home Win
|Italy U21 V Spain U21 Odds Spain clear favourites to retain crown|
Back Alvaro Morata To Score Anytime
|Spain v Uruguay Betting Luis Suarez bids to impress Spanish suitors|
Spain Odds On For A Group B Win
|Mexico v Italy Odds Back a draw in the Confederations Cup betting|
Two Sides Meet In Group A Clash At The Maracana
|Spain U21 v Norway U21 Odds Spaniards firm favourites in the semi final betting|
Defending Champions Odds On To Reach The Final In Israel
|Italy U21 v Netherlands U21 Odds Betting is tight for semi final clash|
Manolo Gabbiadini Is A Tempting First Scorer Bet
|Brazil v Japan Odds Hosts favourites for an opening Confederations Cup win|
Oscar Looks A Tempting Bet To Get On The Scoresheet
|Confederations Cup Betting Preview Brazil start favourites on home soil|
Spain Bid To Add To World And European Crowns
|British Trio Face Tough Matches Following Champions League Last Sixteen Draw|
Barcelona strengthen at the head of the betting
|Blackpool V Wolves Odds Seasiders Looking To Extend Unbeaten Run|
Home side haven't lost in eight matches
|Leeds V Chelsea Odds Neil Warnocks Side Bid To Upset The Quarter Final Betting|
Blues start favourites for clash at Elland Road
|Reading V Arsenal Betting Gunners Odds On To Win At The Madejski|
Punters look for a repeat of the thrilling 7-5 League Cup match
|Tottenham V Swansea Betting Jermain Defoe Is Favourite To Score First|
Spurs odds on for the win at White Hart Lane
|India V Sri Lanka Odds Indians Firm Favourites In The Semi Final Betting|
MS Dhoni's Men Bidding For A World Cup Repeat
|Italy V Japan Odds The Azzurri Hot Favourites In Recife|
Back Balotelli To Score Opener
|Nigeria V Uruguay Odds Back Suarez To Score In Uruguay Win|
Crucial Game In Group B
|2013 Ascot Gold Cup Odds Estimate Heads Betting To Give Queen A Winner|
Simenon Tipped To Continue Royal Meeting Form
|Britannia Stakes Odds Wentworth A Marginal Favourite For Competitive Handicap|
Newstead Abbey Has Each Way Claims Over A Mile At Ascot
BRAND NEW £250 free bet offer.
Open Account - Free £250 Bets With Paddypower
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a £30 free bet when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Once you've had your free bet Ladbrokes will credit your account with a £30 free bet.
Open Account - £30 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
BetVictor is offering £100 in free bets to all new clients.
Open Account - Open Account - Free £100 Bets With BetVictor
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers