Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Preview

April 10, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsEnglish FA Cup Semi-Final action Saturday Evening comes from Wembley Stadium and features Wigan Athletic versus Arsenal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 1 High Definition with a scheduled 17:07pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Preview, FA Cup Semi Final, Saturday 12th April 2014

Wigan Athletic are the current defending Champions of the FA Cup having beaten big spending Manchester City in the Final at Wembley Stadium last year, a result that shocked the world of football and another shock is most definitely on the cards come saturday evening as manager Uwe Rosler and his side prepare for another giant killing act when going up against Arsenal.

Wigan’s domestic form has been pretty decent this season and they currently occupy one of the end of season play-off promotion spots with just five games left to play, but their form in recent weeks has taken a bit of a hit as they have lost twice in their last five matches and were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Millwall on tuesday night.

Arsenal however, are also having a rough time of it recently as they have also lost two of their last five matches one of which includes a 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea and with another heavy 3-0 defeat by Everton last weekend things are starting to look very bleak indeed if your an Arsenal fan, especially with manager Arsene Wenger seemingly blaming his players poor form on hair loss treatment medication that they are taking.

One thing is for certain though, this game on saturday evening should be a very exciting match as with both teams having no problems scoring goals this season, we should at least see a few goals hit the back of the nets and with the possibility of Wigan causing yet another huge giant killing act, there will be plenty of neutrals cheering on the Championship side to win this one.

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler has pretty much a full squad to choose his starting lineup from for this game with the only absentee being midfielder Ben Watson who is recovering from a broken leg.

A lot of Wigan’s goal this season in the Championship have came from the midfield and the clubs current top goalscorer this season is midfielder Nick Powell who has scored 7 and is closely followed by fellow midfielder Jordi Gomez who has 6.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has an abundance of casualties in his squad with Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Vassiriki Diaby all still out with respective injury problems.

Arsenal’s goals this season in the Premiership have mainly come from Oliver Giroud who has 13, but with the Arsenal fans having been very critical of the 27 year old French man his confidence could be shot to pieces for this huge game.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday evening’s semi-final match from Wembley Stadium will become the 21st meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Arsenal have managed 15 victories and Wigan Athletic have managed 3 victories. The remaining 2 games both finished all square.

The recent head to head statistics in our table below show Arsenal with a commanding advantage having won 4 times, with Wigan Athletic having only managed to secure just 1 victory.

14/05/13 PRL Arsenal – Wigan Athletic 4 : 1
22/12/13 PRL Wigan Athletic – Arsenal 0 : 1
16/04/12 PRL Arsenal – Wigan Athletic 1 : 2
03/12/11 PRL Wigan Athletic – Arsenal 0 : 4
22/01/11 PRL Arsenal – Wigan Athletic 3 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

61 Goals have been scored in the previous 20 matches played between these two clubs over the years, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.05, which seems to suggest that this game on saturday evening at the famous Wembley Stadium should see at least 3 goals scored.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Recent Form (Left to Right)

Wigan Athletic: L D D W L

Arsenal: W L D D L

Neither of these two clubs have been in great form recently as we can see from the recent form statistics above with both having won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 5 matches played.

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Wigan Athletic are the current defending Champions of this trophy and did beat a certain Manchester City in the Final last year, but despite all that the online bookmakers don’t give Uwe Rosler’s side any hope of winning this game as their current best price of 6/1 with Bet365 (£200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers) clearly reflects, although it does seem a bit overpriced in my opinion as all the players will be right up for this game.

The Draw has not happened in any of the previous five meetings between the two clubs so it does look an unlikely outcome on saturday evening, but for those that fancy a wager on the draw, you can enjoy generous odds of 7/2 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

Arsenal only have this competition left as a chance to pick up any silverwear this season and manager Arsene Wenger will have a difficult job getting his players confidence back for this one having suffered some heavy defeats in recent weeks. But despite all the injuries Arsenal still have a number of talented players that will take to the field for this game and it does not surprise me to see the online bookmakers having them as the clear odds on favourites at a best price of 1/2 with SkyBet (£30 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

On paper this should be a straight forward victory for the Premiership side, but with Arsenal having suffered a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks, the confidence of the players is at an all time low.

However, this game on saturday evening at Wembley Stadium provides them with a perfect chance to bounce back to form and with world class players like Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podloski and Cazorla I do actually believe that the players will rise to the occasion and win this game.

Wigan Athletic will obviously put up a fight though and having already put big spending Manchester City to the sword in the Final of this competition last year they do have the credentials to cause what would be another huge giant-killing act.

The average goals per game statistics are suggesting this game to see at least 3 goals scored, so betting markets like Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 all stand out when looking for a bet on this match.

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