Wolves look to get their promotion push back on track at Wigan
Wolves go onto this weekend’s game against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium knowing that nothing less than three points will keep alive their hopes of a top six place at the end of the season. But the fixture also has massive implications for their hosts.
Only two years after winning the FA Cup Final against Manchester City at Wembley the Latics will drop into League One if they don’t beat Wolves. They contested last year’s play-offs in the Championship so it’s a huge fall in grace for the club and there is likely to be mass exodus of players if relegation is confirmed.
Gary Caldwell is the third manager this season at the DW Stadium but his own future beyond the summer is uncertain, though he did oversee a first home victory in eight months against Brighton last week.
Goals from Tim Chow and James Perch keeping Wigan heads above water for another week. A possible points deduction for Rotherham could yet earn them a reprieve but they just haven’t fulfilled their potential this season on the pitch and look likely to pay the ultimate price.
But Wolverhampton Wanderers can’t let Wigan’s problems upset their own preparations. Kenny Jackett was disappointed that his players failed to perform against Ipswich at Molineux last week and they are now playing catch-up in the promotion race.
Gaining promotion might be the only way they’ll keep one of their prize assets, Bakary Sako, with Midlands’ rivals Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion reportedly ready to move for the Mali international at the end of the season. Sako is out of contract and is keeping his options open.
Wolves are without a win in three and they appear to have hit the buffers at just the wrong time. Jackett’s squad isn’t the biggest in the Championship so it’s possible that fatigue has played its part and that draw against Ipswich may just have crushed the spirit a little.
Given Wolves have lost on four of their last five visits the DW and have only kept one clean sheet against Wigan in their last 13 meetings, it might be worth opposing Jackett’s men this weekend against desperate opposition. A Wigan victory is 41/20 and we have priced up both teams to score at 5/6.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, April 25 at the DW Stadium.