Wigan vs Shrewsbury by Hassy
After losing 3 of their first seven league games eyebrows were raised and another slip down the divisions by a club in the Premier League looked likely. However, since a 3-2 defeat away at Port Vale the Latics have not been beaten since. So bad was their league start, that despite beating Rochdale 0-2 in their last game which has seen the hosts go ten games unbeaten they are still only 5th in the league table. That being said they are now catching up to the leading pack and a run of four wins from their last five matches means The Latics are now just four points adrift of joint league leaders Gillingham and Coventry City.
Wigan have a fully fit squad to choose from so manager Gary Caudwell will have plenty of selection headaches as he chases the JPT as well the League 1 title.
Shrewsbury Town who are just a point above the relegation pack in the bottom half of the division have suffered from a loss of a lot of their better players. Central defender Connor Goldson moved to Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst young midfielder Ryan Woods made the switch to Brentford; two of their best performers last season. Shrewsbury have had the fortune of having two weeks to prepare for the match so no doubt manager Mickey Mellon will have them set up tactically to frustrate the big spenders. However, four straight defeats on their travels at Rochdale, Coventry City, Scunthorpe United and Port Vale have kept Shrewsbury in the relegation zone in League one but a moral boosting cup win against lower league Gainsborough might raise the spirits.
Mellon has hinted that James Collins is likely to retain the captain’s armband after his match-winning performance as skipper in the FA Cup win at Gainsborough. Town also have Nat Knight-Percival back after a one-match ban.
Wigan a team that has obviously invested very very heavily in their squad, invested very well, and they are very strong side for the division. Wigan’s home record has been solid all season to date and they have already won five games and are still undefeated at home. They have all the momentum at the moment and have thirteen more points that The Shrews at the moment so I expect a home win here. Gary Caldwell’s side have gained six clean sheets at the DW Stadium already this term so the win to nil appeals as does the -1AH as well.
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|Wigan to win||BetVictor||1.75||9||1-0 WON (+6.75 units)|
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