Wigan – Southampton Prediction & Picks (18.03.2018)


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Wigan Athletic and Southampton meet at The DW Stadium, in a match for this phase of the FA Cup (Quarter-finals). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 02-02-2013, in a match that ended with the final score: Wigan Athletic (2-2) Southampton. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.

Wigan Athletic

Until reaching this phase of the FA Cup (Quarter-finals), the home team eliminated: Manchester City, West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth, Fylde and Crawley Town. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 36 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 13 conceded. The team comes to this match after a win away with Bradford City by (0-1). Wigan Athletic won 5 of their last 5 home matches for the FA Cup.

For this competition, it records a sequence of 5 wins in the last home matches and did not lose any of the last 7 games. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 7 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback.

Wigan Athletic leaves for this game with a win over Bradford, by 0-1, adding the fifth straight game without losing in several competitions. Despite playing in the English third division, the locals did not shake and beat Manchester City in the final round of the FA Cup. By now facing a second division team, the home team must opt ​​for a more defensive strategy, with the lines together, exploring only the existing space in the defense of the opponent. Most likely the Wigan team will be organized in 4-2-3-1. It is important to note that Will Grigg is the best Wigan marker, with 18 goals scored in several competitions. For this game coach Paul Cook can count on all his players.


Until reaching this phase of the FA Cup (Quarter-finals), the visiting team eliminated: West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Fulham. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 14 goals scored and 19 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss to Newcastle United by (3-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Southampton has won 3, tied 4 and lost 3. Defensive consistency has not been their best, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularity, as he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.

The Southampton leaves for this party with a defeat in the land of the Newcastle, by 3-0, adding the third triumph followed without winning in official parties. The last victory was precisely in the Cup of England, when he beat West Bromwich 1-2. In this game away from home it will be expected that coach Mauricio Pellegrino plays in his usual tactical system, in 4-2-3-1, benefiting the maintenance of possession of the ball and leisurely attacks, always looking for the offensive reference Carrillo. On the other hand, striker Charlie Austin is the player who stands out, since he has contributed with 6 goals in this championship, however, he is far from the game due to an injury. In addition to this player, the coach does not count on Yoshida, also for physical problems.

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