Wigan v Arsenal Odds: Theo Walcott tipped to score first at the DW Stadium

Theo WalcottThere 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.

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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.

Steve Claridge Tips.

Wigan v Arsenal Odds

Match Betting

7/2 Wigan
11/4 Draw
8/11 Arsenal

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 Gervinho
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.

Posted: Thursday, 20th December 2012
Author: Chris James

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