Zulte Waregem-Wigan Athletic Betting Preview: Out-of-sorts sides could provide goal-laden clash

Neither side has made an impressive start to the season but our tipsters expects a plenty of goals when Owen Coyle's side make the trip to Belgium to face Francky Dury's men
Wigan Athletic will make their European debut on Thursday night when they travel to Belgium to take on Zulte-Waregem in the group stages of the Europa League.

The 2013 FA Cup winners will be keen to put an indifferent start to the season behind them when they visit Regenboogstadion and Owen Coyle’s side are chalked up at 37/20 (2.85) with Betway to get their campaign off to a winning start on Thursday.

Zulte-Waregem, though, do not come into this match in fine form, having suffered a 5-2 reverse at the hands of Genk at the weekend and Francky Dury’s men are rated as a 7/5 (2.40) shot with Betway to bounce back with victory over the Latics. The same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in stalemate.

However, it should be noted that only PSV Eindhoven have won at Regenboogstadion thus far this term, while three of Zulte-Waregem's four league wins have been recorded on home soil.

Dury’s side have hit the target in all but one of their last nine competitive fixtures in all competitions and, having scored six goals in their last two matches, the home side will fancy their chances against the Championship side.

The Latics have yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season and their defensive frailty is sure to be a concern for manager Owen Coyle.

It should be noted, though, that Wigan have netted 10 times in six league fixtures so far this season, including four in rout of Barnsley on the opening day of the campaign and the 47-year-old Scot will feel confident that his side can test the home defence here.

Nevertheless, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from Betway for both teams to hit the target looks to be too skinny and, instead, punters are advised to snap up the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for more than two goals to be scored on Thursday.

Both sides will be keen to get their respective Europa League campaigns off to the ideal start with victory in the opening round of fixtures, so it is set to be an open contest and the goals should flow accordingly.

Therefore, the even money (2.0) quote from Betway for three or more goals to be scored on Thursday is the recommended play for punters here.

Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 2pts with Betway

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