In a game that many thought would be a relegation decider, Wigan and Wolves meet on Sunday afternoon in somewhat of a meaningless game at the DW Stadium, as Paddy Power announce a free bets offer on the game and make Roberto Martinez’s side odds on favourites to take the spoils.
Wolves have been relegated for a couple of weeks now of course, while Wigan have been on a tremendous run, culminating with a 1-0 win at Blackburn last Monday that secured their top flight status.
This means that Roberto Martinez’s men require no final day drama to remain in the league and huge credit must go to them for this. They have turned on the style at just the right time and fully deserve to survive.
To highlight how much they have turned things around, Wigan have actually picked up half of their 40 points since the beginning of March. They have been written off so many times this year too, but wins over Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United has seen them climb the table.
Now it is all about celebrating their achievement on this final day. The fans will have the chance to show their appreciation and Martinez will hope to complete a dramatic campaign with three points on Sunday afternoon.
As for Wolves, they will be very happy for this season to end. It has been rather miserable from start to finish and particularly of late with 13 Premier League games without a win.
They have been more solid in recent weeks with three draws in their last four games, but it is all too little too late and the improved form might frustrate the Wolves fans more than anything.
The club are already planning for next year too with the appointment of Stale Solbakken as their new manager. The Norwegian will take over on the 1st July and look to help Wolves return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
This means that caretaker bossTerry Connor’s involvement with the club is likely to end after Wigan game this weekend and he would like to go out on a high. He hasn’t won a game in charge of the club as yet, so it would be a nice way for him to bid farewell.
Overall though, this game isn’t anywhere near as important as people would have expected a few weeks ago. This could make it all the more entertaining though with neither team having to hold back.