Wigan Athletic will be hoping to pull of an FA Cup shock when they play host to AFC Bournemouth in a third round replay at DW Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Latics led 2-0 at Vitality Stadium and came agonisingly close to dumping the Cherries out of the competition, but Eddie Howe’s side scored a stoppage time equaliser to keep the Premier League side in the Cup.
Despite that disappointment on the south coast, Wigan will certainly not lack confidence ahead of Wednesday’s replay; the Latics are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions and they have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven league matches.
The League One leaders, therefore, are chalked up as SportPesa’s 7/5 (2.40) favourites to progress to the fourth round with a win here, while the odds compilers offer 49/20 (3.45) that this tie remains level at the end of 90 minutes – the Latics have drawn four of their last five fixtures.
AFC Bournemouth enjoyed a fantastic 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, but Howe will almost certainly shuffle his pack for this clash and the Premier League side are chalked up as a 39/20 (2.95) chance with SportPesa to send the 2013 FA Cup winners crashing out of the competition at the DW Stadium.
Northern Ireland international Will Grigg broke the deadlock between these teams at Vitality Stadium in the original tie and the striker, who has already scored four FA Cup goals this term, would dearly love to continue his scoring streak on this occasion.
For the visitors, Lys Mousset and Benik Afobe could be given the nod again, having started against the Latics last time out, for Howe is likely to rest a number of key players ahead of Saturday’s showdown with West Ham United at London Stadium in the Premier League.
Wigan to win to nil?
Defensive discipline has been key for Cook’s charges this season as they have conceded in just one of their last six home matches – against Fylde in the previous round of this competition – and have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five wins; SportPesa offer 23/10 (3.30) that the Cherries are unable to find a way through, while the same firm go 16/5 (4.20) that the home side win without conceding on Wednesday.
Tips and predictions
With just two defeats in their last 23 matches, Wigan will certainly fancy their chances of beating the Cherries at the second time of asking and, furthermore, Howe’s side are likely to prioritise Premier League points and could well be vulnerable at DW Stadium.
The 7/5 (2.40) quote from SportPesa, therefore, for Wigan to win this FA Cup third round replay could offer decent value for punters.