Saturday, October 29, 2011
In the EPL, I think Wigan Athletic are too big for the visit of Fulham, who are not a visitor to strike fear into any opponent,with just four road wins in 42 starts. They have not won in eight visits to the DW Stadium, posting a 0-5-3 record, last five have all been draws and a sixth would certainly not surprise, but off level ball, I feel the value is with the Latics. Hosts have lost six in a row, which is not much of a recommendation, but they were unlucky at unbeaten Newcastle United last week and have shown signs recently that they are about to turn the corner. Hugo Rodallega has returned to the team and the somewhat surprising news that he is busy negotiating a new contract, has given the club a boost this week, they were further buoyed by the return to training of Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy this week and both should play today.
Massive month ahead for Wigan and one that might well seal their top flight fate, with a series of very winnable matches against Fulham, Woves, Blackburn and Sunderland, it certainly gets harder after that with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to face in December. I am sure that Roberto Martinez will have his troops fired up today and they should certainly be fresh, with this only their 11th start in 76 days, Fulham have played their last eleven fixtures in 29 days fewer and in that sequence, have travelled to Poland and Denmark. They come into the match with some defensive problems, Aaron Hughes is out and a couple of others are carrying knocks, this is as easy as it is going to get for Wigan and a match they have to look to win if they are going to survive. Wigan Athletic level ball 2.23 asian line.