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.
|Back Cologne to pile further gloom on Hertha Berlins away woes|
Visitors Yet To Win On The Road
|Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday Odds Home form could prove pivotal in derby clash|
Back Wells To Score
|Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Messi to sparkle in La Liga success|
Barca Have Won Last Five League Games Between Two Clubs
|Malaga Valencia and Elche feature in this weeks La Liga treble|
Odds At A Tasty 9/1
|Eibar v Real Madrid Odds La Liga leaders to pull five points clear with win|
Visitors Have Scored 37 Goals In Last Eight League Games
|Atalanta v Roma Odds Back The Giallorossi To Win To Nil In Bergamo|
Goal Shy Nerazzurri Likely To Struggle On Saturday Evening
|Lazio v Juventus Odds The Old Lady Favourites In Rome|
Juve Traditionally Have The Edge Of Romans
|Real Sociedad Taken To Beat Deportivo In Moyes First Match At The Helm|
Moyes Becomes The Third British Coach Of The San Sebastian Club
|Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol Odds Hosts can continue La Liga resurgence on Friday|
Back Aritz Aduriz To Score
|Brentford v Fulham Odds Back a draw between inform West London rivals|
Bees Andre Gray Tipped To Score
|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
|West Brom V West Ham Odds Score Draw Looks A Tempting Bet At The Hawthorns|
Baggies have lost their last three in a row
|Brentford V Fulham Odds Back A Draw Between Inform West London Rivals|
Bees Andre Gray Tipped To Score
|Games At Everton And Arsenal Feature In Exciting Both Teams To Score Accumulator|
Goals Expected At Vicarage Road On Saturday
|Saints And Newcastle Tipped To Continue Good Form In Bankers Treble|
Bolton Complete The Treble Against Struggling Blackpool
|Nathan Cleverly V Tony Bellew Odds Bookmakers Struggling To Split Cruiserweight Rivals|
Bellew Looking For Revenge On Sky Sports Box Office
|Melanie Sykes And Jimmy Bullard Lead Im A Celebrity Betting|
Gemma Collins And Craig Charles No Longer In Race
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
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 free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Get free bets totalling £30 with bookmaker Sky Bet
Open Account - Open Account - Get £30 in free bets with Sky Bet
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