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Owen Coyle's side are targeting their first ever European triumph on Thursday night and our tipster is backing the home side to claim a narrow victory over Ante Cacic's men

Wigan Athletic’s European adventure continues when they face NK Maribor at DW Stadium in the Europa League group stages on Thursday night.

Owen Coyle’s men earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Zulte-Waregem in Belgium in their opening group game and the Latics will be hopeful of building on the momentum of that result by claiming victory here.

Wigan are chalked up as 1/2 (1.50) favourites with Coral to seal a win while Maribor can be backed at a chunky 9/2 (5.50) with the same firm to claim their first points of the campaign. The draw is rated as a 13/5 (3.50) chance with Coral.

Maribor were thumped 5-2 by Rubin Kazan in their first group game and will know that they must take something from this clash if they are to stand any realistic chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition.

Ante Cacic’s side, though, will perhaps take some encouragement from the recent form of Thursday’s hosts.

Wigan have managed just two goals in their last five matches and slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road at the weekend.

Coyle will be keen to see his side bounce back here but, with the Latics not firing on all cylinders, there could be value in backing fewer than three goals to be scored at 10/11 (1.91) with Coral.

The half-time/full-time market offers plenty of value for punters and after Maribor’s dismal showing against Rubin Kazan, there will be plenty of interest in the 7/5 (2.40) quote from Coral for the Latics to lead at the end of both halves.

However, on such a big occasion for Coyle’s side, nerves could well play a part and the shot-shy Championship side could be made to wait for the opening goal by a Maribor side keen to keep it tight.

Therefore, there is plenty of value in backing the chunky 13/4 (4.25) quote from Coral for the match to be level at half-time with the Latics prevailing in the second half.

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Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) 2pts stake with Coral Half-time draw/Full-time Wigan at 13/4 (4.25) 0.5pt stake with Coral

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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