Wigan Athletic Betting
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Wigan Athletic Football Club was formed in 1932, in Greater Manchester, following the demise of Wigan Borough. It was the fifth attempt to stabilise a football club in the town, following the demise of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town Wigan Rovers and Wigan Borough. Springfield Park, the former home of Wigan Borough, was purchased by the club who were elected to the Cheshire County League. Wigan’s most successful early exploits came in the FA Cup. Their 6-1 first round victory over Carlisle United in the first round of the 1935 Cup competition was the greatest victory of a non-league club over a league club. This record, though equalled, has never been beaten, as of 2008. Founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, Wigan had no less than 34 election applications for admittance to the Football League turned down. They even made one application, in 1972, to join the Second Division of the Scottish Football League. Wigan were finally elected to the Football League in 1978, replacing Southport.
In 1995, when playing in the Third Division of the revamped Football League, Wigan was bought by David Whelan, a local millionaire. The new chairman’s statement of his ambitions to help Wigan Athletic to progress to Premier League was justifiably met with a great deal of ridicule. However, within 10 years, Whelan’s dreams were realised, with Wigan gaining promotion to the Premiership. Paul Jewell, a former Wigan player, was appointed as manager in 2001. Under his guidance, Wigan were impressive winners of the 2002-03 Second Division championship, amassing 100 points in the process. In 2004-05, the Latics earned automatic promotion to the Premier League, finishing 7 points behind winners Sunderland, scoring 79 goals and conceding just 35.In November 2007, with Wigan in danger of relegation, Steve Bruce, who had just resigned after a discontented spell at Birmingham City, accepted a £2 million per year appointment, attempting to retain Wigan’s Premier League status. Bruce achieved his objective, with Wigan finishing 14th.
Opportunities to Bet on Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic and the Premiership
Wigan Athletic compete in the Premier League, in which they have been playing since their promotion from the Football League in 2005. Wigan’s current spell in the Premier League is the only top flight run in the club’s history. The club play at the JJB Stadium, which they share with the rugby league club Wigan Warriors. The club is the youngest in the Premier League, having only been in existence since 1932. Since their arrival in the Premiership, the Latics have finished 10th in 2005-06, 17th in 2006-07 and 14th in 2007-08.
Wigan are invariably written off by the bookmakers, with Wigan odds of 5000/1 or more available for Premiership success. Despite an improved, more organised approach under Bruce, this seems an accurate reflection of their chances. A challenge for honours may prove beyond the Latics for the time being and Wigan betting odds of 20/1 or thereabouts, for a top six finish make little appeal. However, the side are capable of a better showing than of late and Wigan odds of 4/1 about a top 10 finish do make some appeal, albeit to small stakes.
Betting on Wigan Athletic Premiership Matches
In their short Premiership career, Wigan have been notoriously unreliable from a punting perspective, and best left alone, regardless of the Wigan odds on offer. However, Steve Bruce’s Latics showed improved form towards the end of the 2007-08 season, and the new look side has started 2008-09 quite brightly. Following narrow defeats at West Ham and at home to Chelsea, they walloped Notts County 4-0 in the League Cup and newly-promoted Hull 5-0 away, in the league. They appear to be a side of some potential, often underestimated (and hence overpriced) by the layers. Careful betting on Wigan may yield dividends.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Wigan have never been beyond the 6th round of the FA Cup and fail to appeal as likely winners. Bookmakers’ offers of Wigan betting odds in the region of 100/1 seem to represent their chance.
In 2006, Wigan were runners-up in the League Cup, beaten 4-0 by Manchester United at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. With so many sides fielding below-strength teams, they may enjoy a decent run. They may be worth a shilling or two, assuming the Wigan betting odds represent some value.
Wigan Athletic have never qualified for Europe and seem unlikely to do so in the near future, so any discussion of European betting on Wigan is redundant.