Preston North End vs Wigan Athletic
League Championship – England
Date: Friday, 23rd September 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Deepdale Stadium, Preston.
Preston North End took the game to extra time to overcome Premiership side Bournemouth in the mid-week League Cup ties to progress to the fourth round. But coming back to the Championship fixture, they still have a mountain to climb as they sit close to relegation zone. Preston has been fairly inconsistent this season. They won 2 games from their 8 league matches so far and lost in each of the remaining 6. Their Friday’s visitors Wigan Athletic are a similar run and are currently inside the relegation zone.
Wigan are coming on the back of a 6 match win-less run. They managed just one win this which came against Blackburn at home on the matchday 2. With 5 losses and 2 draws they are on 5 points same as Cardiff and Blackburn who occupied the remaining two relegation spots. A win could temporarily took them out of the danger zone. But at the current form, it seems very unlikely.
Preston vs Wigan: Head-to-Head Stats
- The last meeting between these two sides was during the 2010/11 League cup which was won by Wigan in front of their home fans by a 2-1 margin.
- Wigan Athletic are unbeaten in the last 5 competitive meetings against Preston with 3 wins and 2 draw. They have only lost once in the last 9.
- While playing at Preston, Wigan are unbeaten in the last 6 matches in all competitions with 4 wins and 2 draws.
Preston vs Wigan: Prediction
Preston are coming here after playing 150 minutes of football against Bournemouth on the mid-week EFL Cup fixture. As a result, fitness will be an issue here and rotation is expected to keep the players fit. Moreover, Preston has struggled to win against Wigan in the recent meetings.
While Wigan are coming here with a desperation to put an end to their 6 match win-less run. They held Fulham to a goal-less draw in their last fixture, which ended their 4 match losing streak. They will be confident and especially with an upper hand on fitness and head-to-head against Preston, three points are very much on offer for the visitors.
Also four of the last five meetings between Wigan and Preston has produced 3 or more goals. So over 2.5 goals is very much a possibility here. I will be also backing my correct score prediction of a 2-1 win for Wigan at the odds of 10/1 (11.00).
Preston vs Wigan: Betting Tips
Wigan to win at 2/1 (3.00)
Over 2.5 goals at 43/40 (2.07).
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