Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
8 January 2024, 09:54

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With the Premier League on a pause, it is time for the fans to get excited about the upcoming FA Cup clashes, as many top-level clubs in England begin their journey in the third round. This is exactly the case of Manchester United who will be paying a visit to Wigan Athletic on Monday, January 8. The kick-off at DW Stadium is scheduled for 8:15 pm local time.

The Red Devils have been underperforming in recent weeks and the FA Cup match may be the perfect opportunity for Erik ten Hag’s men to break the unlucky spell. Nevertheless, no knockout competition goes without surprises, and we will discuss this further in our Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United prediction.

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Wigan Athletic are not enjoying their most successful period at the moment. Relegated from the EFL Championship at the end of 2022/23, the Latics are now struggling for survival in League One. Coached by Shaun Maloney, they have recorded one win, one draw and three losses in the last five matches across all competitions.

Wigan beat Exeter City 2-0 and York City 1-0 in the previous FA Cup rounds but will now have to go head to head with a very serious rival. 

Finally, we should note in our Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United tips that the hosts have had a busier calendar in recent weeks and this could influence their fitness level ahead of the match on Monday.

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In terms of recent form, the Red Devils are not better off, having recorded one win, one draw and three losses in the last five matches across all tournaments. However, we need to take into account that, playing in the Premier League, the level of competition is different.

The third-round match against the Latics will be Man United's debut in the 2023/24 FA Cup campaign. Last year, Ten Hag’s men reached the FA Cup final but were defeated by Manchester City.

Andre Onana and Sofyan Amrabat are the latest additions to the long list of absentees at Old Trafford, with the two called up for international duty. Despite the situation with the squad, though, the visitors are seen as the favourites in the Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United odds.

Betting Tips Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United

Man United to win to nil

Given the obvious difference in class between the two sides, we believe that it is easy to say who will go through on Monday. However, we want to take a step further in our Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United prediction and specify that the visitors will win to nil. Bet365 gives 1.83 odds on it happening.

Despite missing many key players, the Red Devils will still have the upper hand at the DW Stadium. The Latics are in very poor form at the moment and they will need a miracle to even score against Man United.

For the visitors, meanwhile, it will be very important to both win and keep a clean sheet. They clearly need a boost in confidence, and an easy win in the FA Cup may be just the right antidote to their recent troubles.

Over 2.5 goals 

Moreover, we predict an abundance of goals between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United. The odds on over 2.5 goals stand at 1.57 on Bet365.

Man United are clearly not in their best goalscoring form, netting just four times in the last five matches. And three of those goals were scored in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa. Wigan and their weak defence could help ameliorate some of those problems, though.

Because the visitors have had a more relaxed schedule recently, Ten Hag could afford to use players like Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho from the start. Besides, there is Scott McTominay who has been an unexpected goalscoring machine this term.

Finally, we have to keep in mind that the match will be replayed at Old Trafford if it ends in a draw. So, should Wigan somehow score, the Red Devils will be motivated to get the win by all means necessary so as to avoid adding another fixture to their calendar.

Over 9 corners

For the same reasons we predict a high-scoring game on Monday, we could also see a big number of corner kicks at DW Stadium. Bet365 offers 1.90 odds on over 9 corner kicks.

Man United will look to score from the get-go, with a number of players needing to prove themselves in front of the fans and the coach amid the dip in performances. This could lead to an increase in the number of shots, a portion of which is bound to be deflected by the goalkeeper or defenders and go out for corner kicks.

As for Wingan, a set-piece might be their only way to realistically get on the scoreboard against the Red Devils. Thus, we could see the Latics deliberately looking for a corner kick so as to turn it into a scoring opportunity.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United tips are only suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.