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Stoke vs Wigan in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Stoke vs Wigan in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

A fixture that was once a regular Premier League match ten years or so ago, but now the two face off in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Stoke are currently midtable in the Championship. They’ve had a pretty steady campaign so far, but their results lately have been a tad patchy. This is the Potters’ first foray into this round of the FA Cup since the 2015/16 season, and with a home tie against a team a division below them, they’ll fancy their chances of progressing.

The Latics are in red-hot form, though. At the time of writing, Wigan have won eight of their last nine games, including all of their last six.

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Wigan To Win

The away side look heavily underestimated by the bookies in this one. They may be the away team and against a side who are a division above them, but there’s several factors that make them look an appealing bet.

Stoke are lacking a bit of consistency at the moment, and they’ve won just two of their last ten games at the bet365 Stadium. In that period at home, they’ve lost six times too.

On the flip side, League One leaders Wigan are flying, and they beat Championship opposition in the last round as they conquered Blackburn Rovers 3-2.

So the 7/2 available on a Wigan win with Betfred certainly looks a good bit of value. The Lancashire outfit are in good goalscoring form also - scoring at least two goals in each of their last six matches.

Stoke Form, squad news, opinion

After a very solid beginning to this campaign that saw them win six of their first eight games, Stoke have blown a bit hot and cold since.

They’re by no means in a bad position at this stage of the season but staying on an extended positive run has been a bit of an issue for them so far.

In the previous round of this competition they defeated League Two side Leyton Orient. Orient had their chances, but as the game went on, Stoke slowly controlled proceedings. Goals from Tom Ince and Tyrese Campbell ultimately saw the Potters gain their first FA Cup win in six years.

It’s eleven years since Stoke’s best ever finish in an FA Cup. Back in 2011, they reached the final, where they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

They’re odds-on favourites for this one, but their opponents are a well-drilled outfit, so it won’t be an easy afternoon for them.

Wigan Form, squad news, opinion

A 1-0 Wembley win against Manchester City will always remain in Wigan folklore. The Latics lifted the FA Cup for the first time in their history back in 2013 - a Ben Watson header the difference on the day.

They might be some way off the heights they were at then, but that said, they look to be on a bit of an upward curve again. Promotion to the Championship from League One this season is definitely a realistic possibility.

Leam Richardson’s men are top of the tree in League One and they have several games in hand on their nearest rivals. They’re racking up plenty of wins and scoring goals for fun along the way. Wigan are clearly a side playing with plenty of confidence at the minute, and that will stand them in good stead for this test.

It was a dramatic late winner that saw them past Blackburn in the third round. The Latics were 2-1 up until Rovers equalised in the 89th minute. But four minutes deep into stoppage time, Thelo Aasgaard curled in an absolute beauty from outside of the box to see Wigan through.

Will Keane has been their main source of goals this campaign. The Republic of Ireland man has netted 15 times this term, including six in his last six appearances.

History

These two have met 28 times across all competitions, and both sides have eight wins to their name. A 3-0 Championship win for Wigan in 2020 is the most recent competitive game in which they faced each other.

One of Wigan’s most significant wins over Stoke was in 2011. The Latics went into the final day of the Premier League season that year unsure of whether they would survive the drop. Even a win might not have been sufficient for them to stay up. An emphatic late header by Hugo Rodallega gave them all three points in a 1-0 win, though, and with other results going their way, they remained in England’s top flight for another term.

This will be the first time the pair have met in FA Cup action.

About the Venue

The bet365 Stadium is the home of Stoke City and has a capacity of 30,089. It has a fairly modern feel to it, having been built in 1997. The Staffordshire side have averaged just over 20,000 supporters at home in the league this season, and you can usually rely on their fans to produce a lively atmosphere.

Current Covid-19 regulations mean a Vaccine Passport or negative Covid test is required to gain entry to the ground.

Conclusion

Wigan are playing some good stuff at present, and they’ll have no fear of the challenge ahead given their exploits in the last round.

It’s hard to know what you might get from Stoke currently, and a mini upset could certainly be on the cards.

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