Friday evening at 19:45, Wigan receives Bristol City’s visit to the 9th round of the English Championship. Wigan is on the 8th place and is doing great for a newly-promoted team (goal 13-11), while Bristol is on the 5th place (go 14-14) and again has ambitions to promote. But their circumstances are different on Friday.
Wigan has a series of 7 consecutive no-home defeats, and Hull’s (2-1) victory over the middle of the week has brought a lot of confidence in the white-blue lot. Instead, Bristol lost to the WBA in the intermediate stage, score 2-4, a match that ended a series of 3 consecutive games without a failure in the championship. Interestingly, Bristol has already garnered 7 points in this season’s season, while Wigan boasts only 10 points on his own.
Bristol City, a “scarecrow” for Wigan’s manager!
The balance of direct matches is very balanced after 24 duels: 12 Bristol wins, 5 Wigan and 7 draws. In the last 6 straight games we saw a draw (2-2), two victories for Friday’s hosts (2-0 and 1-0) and the last two games were awarded by “The Robbins” with 2-1 and 1-0. So, we see two bands who practice an efficient football and who know their qualities and weaknesses very well.
Prior to defeating West Brom, Bristol had only one goal in 4 stages, and Wigan would have trouble breaking down the defensive mechanism thought by the white-red manager, Lee Johnson. His counterpart on Wigan’s bench, Paul Cook, lost his previous 3 games against Bristol.
Wigan is a remarkable team at home, where he scored the first in 4 of the last 5 stages, a sign that the amphitrians are accustomed to dominating their opponents on the “DW Stadium”. At the last direct duel between the two we witnessed no fewer than 17 corners and the bet on the corner kicks could again be the winning option. There are no batch problems at guests, while Wigan is without Massey and Burn, both injured. Bet on the draw at the end brings an attractive share.
PREDICTION: Wigan to win @ 2.00