Lots to like about Latics

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: March 25 2014, 20:16 GMT

Wigan look a big price to win at QPR on the midweek Sky Bet Football League coupon, says our Craig Chisnall.

Uwe Rosler: the Wigan boss has used his squad's depth to good effect
Uwe Rosler: the Wigan boss has used his squad's depth to good effect

Wigan have been on a great run since Uwe Rosler took the reins - and I'm backing them to continue it at QPR at what looks a huge price.

The Latics' come-from-behind 2-1 win over Watford at the weekend was their 10th in 14 games since the turn of the year.

That run has helped them charge up to fifth in the table, just four points behind Rangers, and they are also into the semi-finals of the FA Cup as they bid to retain their crown.

Rosler has juggled his squad perfectly since January - allowing Grant Holt to leave on loan for Aston Villa while Jack Collison, Nicky Maynard, Martyn Waghorn and Ryan Tunnicliffe have all arrived.

Such is their strength in depth now that Rosler has been able to chop and change to keep his players fresh with Maynard, Scott Carson, Callum McManaman and Nick Powell all starting on the bench against the Hornets.

They've also racked up 20 goals in the last eight games and after going to the Etihad Stadium and beating Manchester City in the FA Cup, they are unlikely to head to Loftus Road looking for a point.

Rangers picked up a welcome 3-1 win at Middlesbrough at the weekend but without star striker Charlie Austin they have dropped miserably out of the automatic promotion reckoning.

They've lost five of their last nine games and now lie 10 points behind second-placed Burnley with just nine games to go.

Wigan are too good to ignore for me at 85/40.

There's another big price that takes my eye in League One - Shrewsbury on the road at Carlisle in what is a crucial clash at the bottom.

The Shrews gave their battle against the drop a huge boost at the weekend when debutant Shaun Miller scored a 95th-minute winner against Bradford.

And Miller's arrival could prove a masterstroke. The Sheffield United loanee was one of the hottest properties in the lower leagues when he was at Crewe but since his move to South Yorkshire two summers ago he's had a torrid time with injuries.

He did return to score the Blades winner in their FA Cup win at Fulham in February but with Nigel Clough's men in such good form he's been allowed to get back on track with first-team action at Shrewsbury.

Town's tally of 36 goals is the lowest in the division and has underlined their struggles but they've not shipped them at the other end with new boss Michael Jackson making them much harder to beat in recent weeks.

They were resolute enough to draw at Wolves recently and with Carlisle, who are just a point and a place better off in 21st, in such dire form, losing four of their last six including a 4-1 thumping at bottom side Notts County on Saturday, they will head north in confident mood.

I'm going with them to jump above the Cumbrians at 2/1.

Another team battling for their life is Northampton in League Two - and I expect them to come up trumps at home to Wimbledon.

The Cobblers, under new boss Chris Wilder, have given themselves real hope of avoiding the drop into the Conference in recent weeks - losing just two of their last 10 games.

Saturday's 1-1 draw at Morecambe hauled them back to within three points of safety and Portsmouth and Wycombe are now within touching distance.

Wilder has made wholesale changes to Town's team since taking the reins and they've become much more resolute as a result.

Their only defeat in the last eight was to high-flying Rochdale and with Wimbledon safely tucked in mid-table after Saturday's dramatic 4-3 win over Cheltenham, Town will fancy their chances of cranking up the pressure of those above them.

They are available at 11/8 and I will be investing.

  • Posted at 1440 GMT on 23/03/2014.