Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Visitors to get the job done at DW

Feb 01 2017

This Championship match sees relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic host play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

Although they are stuck in the relegation zone, Wigan have been in good form in the Championship recently with two wins in their last two. They may have lost 4-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup at the weekend but it would also be fair to say that the Premier League side were flattered scoreline. Unfortunately though, despite this good form, Wigan are still three points from safety but do at least have a game in hand on 21st place Burton Albion.

As I have said in previous Wigan write-ups, they have been pretty good at the back with just 32 goals conceded – fewer than third place Reading (37) – but have been awful at the other end with their total of 24 the lowest in the Championship. The fact they sold influential winger Yanic Wildschut to Norwich City on transfer deadline day means that their chances of finding the back of the net are now even slimmer, despite the fact they have signed striker Omar Bogle from Grimsby Town.

The Lactics’ win at home to Brentford nearly a fortnight ago was their first set of points, never mind victory, at the DW Stadium since 22nd October following a run of six consecutive home defeats. Home form cannot get much worse for Warren Joyce’s side as they are, somewhat unsurprisingly, currently bottom of the ‘Home Form’ table.

Wednesday dropped out of the play-off positions on Tuesday night as they could only manage a 2-2 draw away at struggling Bristol City, continuing their poor run which has seen the Owls win just one of their last five league matches. However, they are only outside the top six on goal difference and very much still in contention.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side had been struggling with goals in the first half of the season and so tried to rectify this problem in the January transfer window by signing Barnsley striker Sam Winnall and Middlesbrough forward Jordan Rhodes. The Owls will need these two to start firing quickly if they want to keep up their play-off push.

Although they have conceded four times in their last two matches, Wednesday have actually been pretty good at the back this season with their record of just 28 conceded in 28 games the fifth best in the league. They’ve also kept 11 clean sheets which is fairly impressive.

Even though these two teams are on rather contrasting runs of form, normal service could well be resumed here. This means that Wednesday coming out on top is the favoured outcome. The visitors are often solid at the back and probably won’t need to be too resolute to keep out a Wigan side who’re really struggling for goals. At 13/5, ‘Sheffield Wednesday to Win to Nil’ is the bet to go for here.

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