Wigan Athletic are at the DW Stadium for the New Year’s Day league clash against Sheffield United. The Latics went through the entire month of December without tasting a victory and this has dropped them right into the relegation battle with just four points separating them from the relegation zone. Sheffield, however, have fared far better than their counterparts and a run of successive wins has put them within four points off the automatic promotion places. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Wigan went winless for the sixth game on the bounce after settling for a 2-2 draw against Swansea City on the road. Paul Cook’s side have picked up just two points since the beginning of December.
Sheffield, though, backed their second-straight league triumph after securing a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. Billy Sharp continued his scoring ways for Sheffield with a second-half brace.
The last meeting between the sides was at Bramall Lane in October where Sheffield enjoyed a resounding 4-2 win. The previous encounter at the DW Stadium was two years ago where they played out a high-scoring 3-3 draw. Our betting tips and predictions fancy an away triumph.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Sheffield United win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Wigan are offered odds of 3.40 for a home triumph but they face a tough challenge on their hands with Sheffield making the trip. Wigan have been hugely reliant on their home form to stay adrift of the drop zone but of late, there has been a let-down with them suffering two straight defeats without scoring a goal. Sheffield should take advantage with the league’s joint-top scorer in Billy Sharp in their ranks. Our preview would back a Sheffield win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Sheffield United win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Wigan Athletic vs Sheffield United draw odds: 3.30
Wigan Athletic win odds: 3.40
Correct Score odds
Wigan recently scored twice during the 2-2 draw on the road to Swansea City but they had gone four matches without finding the net just before this sequence. In the same period, Sheffield have been by far consistent with at least one goal in the past five games while managing five times the same tally as Wigan (2). Our correct score prediction would no doubt go with Sheffield to win 2-0.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Sheffield United 2-0 win at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Wigan may be going through a difficult patch in the Championship but they have still managed to produce less than three goals in 50% of their matches at the DW Stadium. The same outcome could be witnessed on New Year’s Day, given the contrasting scoring form of either team. Our total goals prediction is to go for less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Billy Sharp has quickly jumped to the top of the Championship goalscoring charts after scoring in four of Sheffield’s previous five matches. He has opened the scoring on three occasions and he should relish facing Wigan after bagging a stunning hat trick against them during the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Billy Sharp.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Billy Sharp at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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