Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rock-bottom Luton Town travel to a resurgent Wigan Athletic side this weekend, knowing that they must start registering wins if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation back to League One. Having already lost 22 times so far this season, The Hatters have shown signs of life over recent weeks, however the visit to a Wigan side who have won their last three matches is perhaps not the fixture they would have chosen. Ahead of kick-off at the DW Stadium, we will take an in-depth look at the two teams, including their head-to-head record, as well as providing out expert betting tip for the tie.
Five matches unbeaten in the Championship has seen Wigan move two points clear of the relegation scrap, with the Latics having at one point in the season looked nailed on for promotion. A goal from Sam Morsy handed Wigan three points against table-topping West Brom last time out, with manager Paul Cook undoubtedly hoping for a similar result and performance on Saturday. However, the Latics have scored just 38 goals so far this season, the worst attacking record in the division, with the pressure on Kieffer Moore to start finding the back of the net on a more consistent basis.
Luton boss Graeme Jones saw his side earn a last-gasp draw at home against fellow strugglers Stoke City last weekend, with the Hatters having previously produced one of their best displays of the season in beating high-flying Brentford. However, having conceded 71 goals so far this season, the most in the entire division, it perhaps comes as little surprise that Luton find themselves five points from safety, with just 10 matches remaining. The experienced duo of George Moncur and Callum McManaman could start after making an impact from the bench against Stoke, while top scorer James Collins will be hoping to add to his 11 Championship goals to date. It will come as good news that Luton have a fully-fit squad to select from this weekend too.
The two teams have met just once in a competitive fixture in the past, coming earlier in the season when Luton recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Wigan at Kenilworth Road. Late goals from McManaman and Moncur handed the Hatters the three points in December last year, however with no other previous encounters to speak of, it is difficult to draw many conclusions from such a result.
Both Wigan and Luton have struggled in front of goal so far this season, with the two clubs having scored just 81 goals between them, those looking to place a bet on their upcoming clash should consider the under 2.5 goals market, which is available at best odds of 1.80 from bookmaker William Hill. With no detailed head-to-head record to speak of, punters are better off taking into account the performances of the duo so far this season, which demonstrate just where they have lost ground on their rivals.
Our top betting tip for the Championship encounter between Wigan Athletic and Luton Town is to bet on Wigan Athletic keeping a clean sheet at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, a market which is available at a price of 1.53 from Bet365. The Latics have not conceded a single goal in their last three matches, including away at league leaders West Brom, demonstrating that this is an area in which they are currently excelling.