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Wigan Athletic vs Sunderland in League One on Feb 26. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Wigan Athletic vs Sunderland in League One on Feb 26. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Wigan will be looking to keep the pressure on Rotherham at the top of League One, as they host a Sunderland side heading in the wrong direction at the moment.

The current League One betting odds unsurprisingly have the Latics as favourites for this one, but the 11/10 (LeoVegas) on offer does look pretty generous considering Sunderland’s form.

It hasn’t exactly been the dream start for new Sunderland boss Alex Neil, taking just one point from his first two games. Off the field issues have been circling, but on the pitch, plenty has been going poorly for the Black Cats, and Neil has a tough job to get the Wearside club back in the Championship.

Continue reading for the best football betting tips for the game.

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Wigan And Both Teams To Score

Wigan have been pretty rock solid at home lately, and against a disjointed Sunderland side, they should feel confident of picking up all three points here.

The visitors have won just two of their last twelve on their travels, and they’ve lost two of their last three away from home - including being on the wrong end of a 6-0 thumping from Bolton Wanderers.

Wigan are unbeaten in all of their last eleven matches at the DW Stadium, and they’ve responded well since back-to-back defeats at the start of the month.

We could certainly see some goals in this one. Sunderland’s defence has been pretty shaky of late, and both teams have scored in their last four outings (prior to their game against Burton in midweek). They have managed to get on the scoresheet at least once in 15 of their previous 16 games, but Wigan are likely to prove that bit too strong on this occasion.

With that in mind, our pick for the clash is Wigan And Both Teams To Score, which is available at 7/2 with bet365.

Wigan Athletic Form, squad news, opinion

Wigan are currently six points behind leaders Rotherham. However, they do have two games in hand. They’re not exactly a team who have been blowing opponents away this campaign (eight of their last nine league wins have been by a one-goal margin), but they’ve been consistent in getting the job done.

A 1-1 draw away at League One title rivals Rotherham represents a solid result, and they certainly played their part in a very entertaining game.

Latest League One odds have Leam Richardson’s men at 3/1 to go up as champions, but the 1/7 on them to be promoted shows the ideal situation they’re currently in at this stage of the season.

Sunderland Form, squad news, opinion

It’s all gone a bit downhill since Sunderland’s 6-0 defeat to Bolton at the end of last month. Lee Johnson lost his job, and since, the Black Cats have only added a sole point to their tally. And even that came against strugglers AFC Wimbledon.

A trip to an in-form Wigan side is probably not what they wanted right now, but they have beaten them twice already this campaign.

They don’t quite look the side they did earlier this season, though, and Neil will know the size of the job on his hands - especially given the expectations the passionate Wearside fans have.

It was a 2-1 defeat to MK Dons in the new boss’ first home game, and Neil said Sunderland “shot themselves in the foot” after errors from his men proved costly.

History

This was once a regular Premier League fixture from 2007 to 2013. Both sides have been on a downward trajectory the last several years, though, and they’re now both in the battle for promotion from England’s third tier.

In their 23 meetings, Wigan have 9 wins, while Sunderland are just slightly behind in the head-to-head department with 8 victories to their name.

The Black Cats have won both of their clashes this campaign - a 2-1 league win at the Stadium of Light, and a 2-0 away success in the League Cup.

About the Venue

The DW Stadium is relatively new in the stadium world of English football, given it was built in 1999. It’s also the home of rugby league side Wigan Warriors.

It holds a maximum of 25,138 supporters, but Wigan’s average attendance at home this term is 9,343, meaning you generally see a lot of empty seats.

Conclusion

Sunderland are still a play-off contender given their position in the league, and they’ll be hoping new manager Neil can start turning their form around sooner rather than later.

Defensive struggles against such a well-organised Wigan side could spell bad news for them, however, and the Latics will be looking to take advantage of a team low on confidence.

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