Premier League Betting Preview: Wigan to send Blackburn down and secure their Premier League status

Roberto Martinez's side have been in a rich vein of form of late and Adam Bate thinks they will prove too much for their Lancashire rivals, who need to win to stay up
Back-to-back victories over Wolves and Sunderland in March briefly put Steve Kean's men six points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

With two games remaining for Rovers, they now lie six points from safety. As a result, relegation will be confirmed at Ewood Park on Monday if Blackburn do not win against Wigan. They are 28/17 (3.55) with 188Bet.

Of course, given the importance of this game to Blackburn, it would be handy to be playing a team with little to play for at this stage.

But instead they face a Wigan side that knows it needs just a point to ensure Premier League survival. The draw they require is available at 27/11 (3.45) with 188Bet.

But because that scenario would doom Blackburn, this could be an open game. And with Roberto Martinez's men in confident mood after five wins from seven games, they'll fancy their chances of claiming all three points. You can back Wigan to win at 28/17 (3.55).

Yakubu has been Rovers' best chance of a goal for much of the season and they desperately need him now. 'The Yak' has 11 Premier League goals at Ewood this season and he's 5/1 (6.0) with 188Bet to find the net first here.

Franco Di Santo is Wigan's joint top-scorer with six goals this season and boasts an unremarkable record of eight league goals in 85 games in England.

But the 23-year-old has picked up two of those goals in his last three matches and knows this ground having had a spell at Blackburn a couple of years ago. Di Santo is 6/1 (7.0) to score first in this one.

However, the pick of the bets is to back goals in this one. Blackburn's defence has been a problem all season - they've scored as many as Everton in seventh but only Wolves have conceded more.

The reverse fixture finished 3-3 and, with the home side forced to go in search of a win, backing over 2.5 goals looks to be a safe bet at 13/17 (1.76) with 188Bet.

For the Value Bet, the fact that Wigan are the same price as Blackburn, who have lost six of their last seven, is an anomaly.

Back the visitors to guarantee their survival and consign Kean's team to the Championship next season.

Bet of the Day

Over 2.5 goals at 13/17 (1.76) with 188bet
Wigan to win at 28/17 (3.55) with 188bet

Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here
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