Fulham v Wigan : Punters pile into Latics as Martinez hot streak to continue in Premiership relegation battle

Fulham v Wigan , Saturday 15:00
Despite their shock successes over Manchester United and Arsenal, Wigan face the possibility of crashing back down to Earth on Saturday as Paddy Power offer free bets and long betting odds on the Latics succeeding in their attempts at Craven Cottage.

After being at the bottom of the English top flight barely a month ago, Roberto Martinez’s side have turned their 2011-12 term around in the most exciting of ways and now find themselves in an altogether more comfortable looking 16th spot and five points off the drop zone.

The Latics have lost just twice in their last eleven fixtures, gaining 19 points from a last possible 33, placing them at third in regards to recent performances in the Premier League.

It would have been a tiny minority to predict the away victory at Arsenal during midweek but the travelling outfit rode the storm out and emerged as deserved 2-1 victors.

That being said, more than a glimmer of the element of surprise Wigan held over the last month has been lost amongst their success and Fulham won’t be resting on their laurels come Saturday.

The Cottagers have been out of action for nearly two weeks and, should they win their game in hand over Sunderland, can move into ninth spot this weekend should several other results go in their favour.

Martin Jol’s side have netted an average of 1.88 goals per home game this season but hve surprisingly found it easier to defend in unfamiliar territory than in front of their own fans.

Although Bryan Ruiz was recently ruled out for the rest of the season, Jol could be handed the boost of seeing attacking pair Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak return from injury this week.

Steve Sidwell is another player looking to make his comeback on Saturday while Hugo Rodallega, Mike Pollitt and Shaun Maloney, who has been massive in recent games, are all hoping to return to fitness for the visitors.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.