There is a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League table this weekend as Bolton Wanderers host Wigan Athletic at the Reebok Stadium with William Hill making Wigan a value looking price of 11/4.
There are only two places and four points between these two relegation threatened teams. Wigan are rock bottom, while Bolton are 18th going into this weekend’s crucial contest.
Focusing on Bolton to begin with, it is fair to say that they would have been disappointed with the 2-0 defeat at Norwich City last time out. After an improved run of form, Owen Coyle’s men were very poor and offered little threat to the Canaries’ defence.
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They will now hope they can respond to this defeat with three massive points against Wigan. Their home form has been better in recent weeks of course – they are unbeaten in five games at the Reebok Stadium – so they will be confident of a positive result.
As for Wigan, well they are being written off by many in the battle for survival. There aren’t too many people that will back them to get out of the current situation they find themselves in.
Roberto Martinez’s men are bottom of the table at the moment, five points adrift of safety. This is a gap they can ill afford to get any bigger. As we head into the second week of February, games are ticking away quickly and Wigan need points now.
This is actually the case for both teams. They each have 14 Premier League games remaining and this weekend’s contest will be seen as one of the most important. Bolton in particular will see this one as a must-win.
Looking at the team news for this weekend’s clash, Bolton could hand a first start to January signing Marvin Sordell after their uninspiring display at Norwich. Loan-signing Ryo Miyaichi could also be involved.
As for Wigan, Martinez could bring Hugo Rodallega back into the starting line-up, although he may also be tempted to stick with the same side that earned a valuable point at home to Everton last time out.
When the two teams met at the DW Stadium earlier this season, Bolton secured a valuable 3-1 away win and they will be the favourites on Saturday afternoon. Wigan have a good fighting spirit though and will be out for revenge in this massive bottom of the table clash.
The action gets underway from 3pm on Saturday afternoon.