Wigan will be looking to record back-to-back victories for the first time in the Premier League this season when they take on Stoke at the DW Stadium on Saturday, and with Ladbrokes offering 17/10 for the home win, Roberto Martinez’s men are sure to attract plenty of support from punters.
The Latics caused something of an upset when they travelled to Anfield and came away with a 2-1 win.
It meant they extended their unbeaten run to three games – the first time they have done so since August when they picked up draws against Norwich and Swansea, before beating Queens Park Rangers.
On home territory, they will fancy their chances of taking something of the Potters, but will have to combat their physical approach if they are to have any success.
Level on 25 points with QPR, Wigan know that they can also leap-frog Bolton in the table with a win, although their inferior goal difference means that it would take a nine goal swing for them to go above Blackburn.
With just eight games to go, there is no denying that Roberto Martinez’s side find themselves in a real relegation dog-fight. But if anyone knows how to avoid the drop against the odds, then surely it will be Wigan.
They have found themselves in a similar situation for in the last two seasons – including 2009-10, when they somehow managed to survive with just 36 points.
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Meanwhile, Stoke City have more or less confirmed their place in the Premier League for next season, with their 1-1 draw against Manchester City last week helping them to reach the 38 point mark.
Down the years there have been 25 meetings between these sides, with Stoke having won nine, Wigan six and ten draws.
Indeed, considering the number of draws between these two teams, it is little surprise that they shared the points when they met earlier in the season. On that occasion it ended 2-2, thanks to a late Ben Watson penalty.
It should be another tight contest from 3pm on Saturday afternoon too.