Wigan v Man Utd, Wed 19:45
Following on from Manchester City’s slipup, Sir Alex Ferguson’s chances of retaining the Premier League title look all but sewn up as his side head into their midweek fixture with an eight-point cushion over their local rivals, as Ladbrokes offer long odds on Roberto Martinez’s side causing an upset.
The Red Devils travel to the DW Stadium with the most successful away record in the English top flight, having won 75% of their matches on unfamiliar soil this season.
Although Wigan won’t have posed much a threat this time last month, a Wednesday night outing against the Latics presents a completely different challenge this week after a surge in form by the hosts.
Roberto Martinez’s men remain locked in a fight for the very Premier League survival but look to be in a much sturdier position not and a point could be enough to get them out of the drop zone.
The Greater Manchester club have lost just three times in their last ten outings, winning three and drawing the other four.
While this may not sound astonishing to some teams, the improvement means everything to Wigan and if Saturday’s resilient defeat at Chelsea is anything to go by, the results may continue in the same direction.
It goes without saying that United will be just about the biggest threat that Wigan can face in their end of the season run-in considering the league title-holders are currently enjoying an eight-match winning streak.
Although his contributions have been near unnoticeable so far, Michael Owen may return to fitness in time for Wednesday’s trip to the DW and will be hoping to play a role after Ferguson said theat the veteran should get his chances in the coming weeks.
For the hosts, Martinez can boast a nearly clean bill of health but after being out for almost two weeks with a knee injury, will be hoping to bring Hugo Rodallega back into the fold.