Two sides with Premier League ambitions face-off at the DW.
This has the makings of a proper, old-fashioned English Football League tie; just two places separate Wigan and Bristol City in The Championship, who are two of the highest scoring teams in the division. Both teams will have ambitions of finishing in at least the play-offs, so there is already plenty at stake on Friday night.
This is Bristol City’s fourth straight season in The Championship, and during that time they have either been outstanding or absolutely awful – more so the latter – and Lee Johnson will be desperate for his side to find some consistency and mount a serious push for the play-offs.
The Robins are sitting fifth in the league currently, and travel to Wigan on the back of a 4-2 defeat at West Brom - there’s not too much shame in that, however.
Wigan will be pleased with the start they have made to the season. After an emphatic promotion last campaign, the Latics are very much looking up the table, not down it. Paul Cook’s side are seventh – level on points with Aston Villa above them – and just the one point behind Bristol City.
As the home side, the Latics have a slight edge, although City’s away form has actually been very impressive this season; their defeat to West Brom being the first they have tasted away from Ashton Gate this campaign.
Just four sides have scored more league goals than Bristol City and Wigan this season, so backing both teams to score looks like a good bet.
One request-a-bet which I always like for games like this is: a goal in both halves and the match to be drawn. It’s hard to pick between these two sides – Wigan have won all four of their home matches this season, though they’ve not come up against a team of Bristol City’s quality; the Robins also have an impressive seven points from their four away matches so far.
As I mentioned, Wigan have a slight edge, but all three results are definitely possible, which is the beauty of The Championship. At 5/1, backing a draw with a goal in both halves is something worth considering.
He’s scored three goals this season, and I’m backing Will Grigg to make it four (or more) against Bristol City. The Robins have conceded 10 times in eight matches, and they will have to tighten up their defence if they wish to seriously contend for promotion.
He’s the favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, but 17/10 is still good value for Grigg to score in what hopefully promises to be a goal-rich affair.