Side with lively Latics

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: November 20 2013, 15:34 GMT

Wigan's home form and an array of attacking talent makes them one of Craig Chisnall's bets in the Sky Bet leagues this weekend.

Wigan are fancied to be celebrating again this weekend
Wigan are fancied to be celebrating again this weekend

Wigan's home form has kept them in touch with the top six - and they look a great price to move up the table this weekend with another win at the DW Stadium against Brighton.

Fresh from relegation, the departure of Roberto Martinez to Everton and a hectic Europa League schedule to contend with I always felt Latics would take their time to find their feet under Owen Coyle in the Championship.

They seem to be doing that now with successive wins over Huddersfield and Yeovil but with the squad Coyle has assembled they have a couple of gears to find as well.

With the likes of Grant Holt, Nick Powell, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Callum McManaman and new loan-signing Marc Albrighton to call upon going forward they have players that many Premier League clubs would be jealous of.

Surprisingly they've only scored 17 goals in 14 Championship games but they are on the up having not lost in four.

They are two points off the final play-off place but with a game in hand owing to their European commitments the FA Cup holders will be desperate to make further moves towards the top six. At 11-10 they look excellent value.

In League One, Bristol City are another team with plenty of room for improvement but to the relief of the Ashton Gate faithful they are coming together, finally, under Sean O'Driscoll.

Following relegation from the Championship they extended their winless run to 21 games at the start of this season but their 4-2 win at Carlisle on October 26 appears to have brought them to life.

The Robins have taken eight points from the last 12 available and are getting the best out of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

The former Arsenal youngster has long been tipped for big things but after a spell at Ipswich went sour, his undoubted talent is flourishing under O'Driscoll with 13 goals to his name already this term.

This weekend they entertain Sheffield United, who continue to struggle in the drop zone. Last weekend's home defeat to Gillingham will have underlined the size of the task new boss Nigel Clough has in front of him but I can't see any upturn for him at Ashton Gate. I'll be taking the 7-5 on the home win.

In League Two, I'm going for another team who are busy turning around their dreadful start, Accrington.

Stanley boss James Beattie must have been wondering what he had let himself in for when they failed to win any of their first ten games.

But since a battling 1-1 draw at Wimbledon, where they played for more than 50 minutes with ten men, they have not looked back.

In that run they've won three of their last four, including wins on the road at Morecambe and last weekend at Scunthorpe, climbing off the bottom and out of the relegation zone in the process.

An early season injury crisis is clearing up and the addition of former Walsall striker George Bowerman, who opened his account in the win at Scunthorpe, is already paying off.

Torquay have taken one of those places in the bottom two and the pressure is starting to rise on boss Alan Knill with five defeats in their last nine.

Accrington are available at 5-4 and I will be investing.

  • Posted at 1425 GMT on 20/11/2013.


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