Two teams at opposite ends of the table clash and it might just be a shocking Xmas stocking-filler thriller when Wigan host Liverpool. See what our soccer betting experts have to say about this matchup.

Wednesday night sees resurgent Liverpool (sitting pretty at sixth in the table) take on Wigan who are still very much in a relegation dog-fight. The bookies reckon it’ll be a Liverpool end of term party and have an away win at 1/2 while a home win is at 6/1, there is however reason to back the underdogs with your soccer picks, who are now 7/4 to avoid relegation.

Looking at recent form is a better guide than overall stats.

Liverpool vs. Wigan

Despite their league position Wigan look to have turned things around in recent weeks. They are unbeaten in their last two and have only lost once in their last five games. However, the Latics have not won at home since August (a 2-0 victory over QPR), that’s a run of six games without success at the DW Stadium.

Wigan have won two and drawn two from their last five games scoring in every one except a 4-0 defeat at home to Arsenal. Liverpool are on three wins from their last five, but what's more telling, and indeed more impressive, is that Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four matches, including their 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Carling Cup.

Head to head, these two sides have met 14 times with Liverpool being the top dog. The Pool have recorded nine wins and one defeat against Wigan. However, Liverpool haven’t won any of their last three matches against the Latics, and both games last season ended 1-1. Three of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in a 1-1 draw. That results would be a lot more welcome in Wigan than on Merseyside, but is certainly worth a couple of pounds at 13/2 soccer odds. In their last five meetings each side has recorded a win each, both of which were by the same one goal margin (1-1 and 2-1) and both wins went the home side's way.

The Chelsea thermometer.

Liverpool have taken on Chelsea twice already this term, beating them both times (2-1 and 2-0) at Stamford Bridge, while Wigan faced them last weekend and managed a
worthy 1-1 draw. This would suggest that the game will be Liverpool’s, plus the bookies have Liverpool winning both halves at an uninspiring 6/5.

The rumours down my local pub say this game could well be an absolute cracker with goals aplenty for the Pool, but I fear that Wigan have more at stake in this match and will be no walkover. There's still no harm in backing a big score (at tasty odds). 4-0 to Liverpool is at 25/1, but do remember Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend was the first time since 20th of November that Liverpool scored more than one goal in a league match. However anyone who saw Liverpool handle Aston Villa will be in no doubt they could have had several more goals in that game so maybe a Liverpool goal rush is actually on the Christmas cards.

Depending on how much Christmas sherry you have been tucking into you might want to invest a couple of pounds on 5-0 to Liverpool at 80/1 or even 6-1 at 200/1 with your soccer betting funds. That sort of victory will be exactly what King Kenny and Liverpool fans are asking Santa for, but I have a funny feeling about this one…

Ghosts of Xmas’ past

Liverpool have yet to draw away from home this season; winning five and losing three, while Wigan have only won one game at home. The home side has scored nine and conceded 16 in their eight home games which would approximately average out to a 2-1 victory for Liverpool that is available at 15/2. Away from home Liverpool have scored 10 and conceded seven closer to 2-2 (available at 18/1).

Don’t back a Wigan walkover as Liverpool hold the best defensive record in the Premier League this season. They've conceded just 13 times and King Kenny is full of praise for his team’s Ebenezer Scrooge approach to defence. "It's no surprise," Dalglish said, "We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the Premier League (Pepe Reina), England's right-back (Glen Johnson), two international centre-backs (Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel) and probably the best uncapped left-back (Jose Enrique)."

That’s probably why Wigan winning by a fat margin is at such steep odds. A home win of 4-0 is at 300/1, 5-0 is at 500/1, and even 2-0 is at 50/1. But I just feel that the pressures of relegation coupled with the last gasp equaliser against Chelsea will tip the balance in Wigan’s favour, but not enough for all three points. 

Prediction: Wigan spoil Liverpool's Christmas and force a 0-0 draw at 10/1.