Arsenal v Wigan, Mon 20:00
Cantering along behind the rest of this weekend’s Premier League action, Arsenal and Wigan will meet at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night as Betfred offer long odds and free bets on Wigan continuing their late season revival, as they look to continue their upturn in fortune in the Premiership.
Despite a miserable campaign as far as eight weeks ago, Wigan have turned those frowns upside down and are storming their way out of the relegation scrap with a midweek victory over Manchester United being the latest in an extending line of admirable performances.
Following the Wednesday upset, Roberto Martinez’s side find themselves out of the drop zone for the first time in 2012 and won’t be keen on returning anytime soon.
Arsene Wenger would therefore be naïve to take any result for granted before his team’s Monday night outing.
That beings said, the Frenchman’s side are in an even better bit of form, winning five of their last six outings.
The away loss at QPR was a blip in the Gunners’ impressive run but the North London outfit have since gone on to run out convincing victories over Wolves and Manchester City.
Arsenal’s season may have looked shaky at times but if there was anywhere that the club have looked comfortable, it’s been the Emiates Stadium where Arsenal have won 75% of their matches, drawing 13%.
With Robin van Persie leading the brigade, Wenger’s men have netted an average of 2.19 goals per home game and conceded just 0.75, making them one of the best home defences in the English top flight, second only to Manchester City.
Hugo Rodallega is the only injury doubt for Monday’s hosts but is fighting to gain fitness in time to recover from a knee injury but is unlikely to feature until the weekend.
After seeing his tenth yellow card of the season, Laurent Koscielny will miss out through suspension for Arsenal while Kieran Gibbs and Gervinho are in line for their comebacks from injury.