Wigan vs Aston Villa – Struggling defences to make for over 2.5 goals

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Goals expected in Wigan vs Aston Villa clash in the Championship (Getty Images)

Wigan vs Aston Villa Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


There is value in goals when Wigan host Aston Villa in a Championship fixture at the DW Stadium on Saturday. The match is predicted to go over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.80 while the visitors are tipped to secure the win.

Wigan Athletic FC Form & Team News


Wigan are one of the worst teams in the Championship this season and have claimed just seven wins in 25 matches. They have lost their last three fixtures at home and are just four points off the relegation zone.

The Latics are currently winless in their last eight matches having suffered six defeats in that run. They were beaten 3-0 at home by Sheffield United in their previous Championship fixture and followed up that result with a 1-0 loss away at West Brom last weekend in the FA Cup.

Striker Will Grigg played the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup and could retain his place in attack alongside Joe Garner. Leandro Lopes and Callum McManaman are both in contention to start while Cheyenne Dunkley and Cedric Kipre should continue their partnership in central defence.

Aston Villa FC Form & Team News


Aston Villa are currently sitting in midtable, five points off the playoff places having endured and inconsistent campaign this season. They have been good on their travels lately having earned three wins and two draws from their last five away matches.

The Villans were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Queens Park Rangers in their previous Championship outing with Tammy Abraham scoring a brace. Kevin MacDonald’s men were then knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend following a 3-0 defeat by Swansea.

Abraham has been the standout player for Aston Villa this season having scored 16 goals. The on-loan Chelsea striker is expected to start on Saturday alongside Jonathan Kodjia and Albert Adomah.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last 10 matches (Getty Images)

Wigan vs Aston Villa Head-to-Head


Wigan and Aston Villa have faced each other 20 times in the past with the visitors leading the head to head by nine wins to five. The Villans have also won the last four matches, including a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture at Villa Park.

Wigan Athletic vs Aston Villa Match Up


Wigan have one of the poorest defensive records in the league this season having conceded 40 goals already. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five matches and should struggle against the likes of Abraham, Kodjia and Adomah in the Aston Villa attack.

Villa have also had problems at the back but have fared better than Wigan this season. They are mostly reliant on their attacking firepower led by Abraham and should have too much quality for the hosts on Saturday.

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham is in good form for Aston Villa as they look to win their fifth match in a roll against Wigan (Getty Images)

Wigan vs Aston Villa Key Statistics


  • Wigan have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 home matches (Championship).
  • Wigan have lost 6 of their last 7 matches (All Competitions).
  • Aston Villa have won their last 4 matches against Wigan (All Competitions).
  • Aston Villa have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches(Championship).

Verdict


Wigan and Aston Villa have served up over 2.5 goals in a number of their recent fixtures and a similar outcome is predicted on Saturday. The Villans are also expected to secure the victory having won their last four matches against the Latics. 

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.80 at bet365 – 5 Units
Value Bet: Aston Villa Win @ 2.30 at bet365 – 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: Aston Villa Win 2-1 @ 9.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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