Aston Villa – Wigan Tips & Predictions For Today, August 11, 2018.
League: England – Championship
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 3:2 WON!!!
|After enjoying excellent results in their opening fixtures, a win for either Aston Villa or Wigan could see them lifted into an automatic playoff spot.|
|Coming into this one after a 3-1 win at Hull, Villa know that promotion is vital having failed last season after relatively heavy spending. August 1995 is the last time any Villa side opened a season with two consecutive wins.|
|In recent years, Wigan have had a tendency to start Championship seasons slowly – especially on the road. The ‘Latics’ have lost their last three opening away matches in the Championship, but boast an encouragingly symmetrical record at Villa Park: W4, D3, L4 in all competitions.|
|All of Wigan’s four wins at Villa Park to date have come with at least a two-goal margin and a clean sheet. Their last encounter here marked the first time that a Villa side completed back-to-back home wins over Wigan.|
|Speaking of records, Villa manager Steve Bruce has faced former club Wigan on several occasions. Through his spells at various clubs, Bruce’s managerial record against his ex-employers stands at an even: W2, D3, L2.|
|Players to watch: With a goal and an assist in Villa’s opening win against Hull, Ahmed Elmohamady is already doing the business this season!|
|Wigan midfielder Michael Jacobs got his first career brace in the second tier (against Sheffield Wednesday) on the opening day, and his first at any level since February 2014.|
|Stat attack: Both teams are on a combined run of seven matches without a clean sheet.|
|Wigan have scored first in four out of their last five matches.|
|In competitive matches, Wigan have gone on to win the last ten in which they have scored first.|
|The visitors are, however, without a clean sheet in four matches against Villa.|
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