Wigan Athletic predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 24
- Winning Bets: 11
- Average Odds: 2.55
- Overall Stake : 167
- Profit: 165.93
- Yield: -0.64 %
Wigan Athletic, or the Latics, as they’re affectionately called by their supporters, last played in the Premier League in 2012/13 which was the final season of an eight-year spell in the top flight. Since then it’s mostly been a yo-yo period for them, moving quite frequently between the Championship and League One.
Will they make it back to the Prem this season? The betting odds of 81.00 of that happening unfortunately say they won’t. Of the 24 teams in the division, only Barnsley are given longer ones. Needless to say, the odds of 751.00 for the Latics to finish top of the table describe the feat as utterly unachievable. Given the tendencies of the last few years, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to back them for relegation at the 3.25 betting odds.
Wigan Key Players
In their bid to break the tradition of going down every other year, Wigan did a lot of business in the transfer market this summer.
A quick look at their acquisitions will tell you that they’ve measured it well, signing both young talent and experience, but it still needs to be proven on the pitch. The most notable name among them is arguably Wales international striker Kieffer Moore. Antonee Robinson, a 22-year-old defender of considerable talent, who played for the Latics on loan from Everton last term, is now here permanently as well.
So is the 34-year-old goalkeeper David Marshall. Having arrived from Hull City, he is set to step between the posts for the season. Helped by Robinson, Chey Dunkley and Blackburn Rovers loanee Charlie Mulgrew, and possibly Nathan Byrne, it will be his task to keep the number of goals conceded as low as possible.
Samy Morsy and Joe Williams, another addition coming from Everton, seem like likely candidates to be providing the team with power in the middle of the park, while Josh Windass can boost the team with extra creativity if need be. Moore will be the main man for getting goals, there can’t be much doubt about that, though there is able competition for him in the form of Joe Garner.
The Latics consider Bolton Wanderers to be their main rivals, though it can’t be said that it’s been reciprocated by Bolton, who have rivalries going back to the days when Wigan weren’t even in the Football League.
Apart from Bolton, Wigan also have local rivalries with the likes of Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Rochdale, and even current English champions Manchester City.
Wigan Athletic were founded in 1932, following the demise of Wigan Borough who went out of business due to the effects of the Great Depression the previous year.
However, the Latics were not admitted to the Football League for 47 years. They featured in competitions such as the Cheshire County League, the Lancashire combination and the Northern Premier League, until they finished second in the NPL in 1978 and were picked ahead of the winners Boston United (due to facility requirements) for election into the Football League Fourth Division.
It took them just four seasons to make the next step but having won promotion to the Third Division in 1982, they stayed there for over a decade and then went back down in 1993. The turn of the century saw them rise again but this time more rapidly and with more substance, and in 2005, they finally made it to the Premier League for the first time. They achieved their best ever league result (10th place) in the debut season and reached the final of the League Cup, and stayed among the elite until 2013 when their current roller coaster between the Championship and League One began.
Though Wigan were relegated that year, they also won their only major trophy in 2013 by surprisingly beating Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup, after which City sacked league-winning manager Roberto Mancini. The current Premier League title holders suffered another huge shock at their hands in 2017/18, when the Latics kicked them out of the same competition in the fifth round.
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