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Betting Preview: Wigan

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

The Barclays Premier League table makes good reading this Christmas for Everton fans with their club lying fifth.

After the impressive 2-1 win at West Ham United, David Moyes’ team have two home games before the New Year and return to fortress Goodison against Wigan on Boxing Day.

Everton are 1/2 favourites with Paddy Power to take all three points with the Latics at 6/1 and the draw trading at 3/1.

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Blues manager Moyes hailed his troops after the Upton Park win and said: "I thought the players were terrific and our football was magic. These players have got bags of character.”

Since 2005, Everton have lost just twice to Wigan with six draws and eight wins.

The last time the sides met at Goodison, Everton ran out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Phil Jagielka, Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe. The odds for the Toffees to repeat that scoreline is 10/1.

The teams met earlier in the season at the DW Stadium when Everton twice came from behind - as they have done 10 times this season - to share the spoils 2-2.

Equalisers from Nikica Jelavic in the 11th minute and a Leighton Baines penalty three minutes from time secured a point from the hard-fought contest.

Jelavic is 7/2 to score first and 5/6 to score at any time against Wigan.

Paddy Power bet 14/1 that the 2-2 scoreline is repeated on Boxing Day with exactly four goals in the game trading at 4/1 while it’s 13/5 that a penalty will be scored.

If you fancy the look of a half-time/full-time bet with Wigan/Everton you can get 20/1 with Paddy Power.

The Toffees are one of the in-form teams in the Premier League and have lost just one of their last 13 matches - and just twice in the league all season.

In the absence of Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman has shone for Everton and is 10/1 to be first goalscorer against Wigan and 16/5 any time.

And if you fancy a clean sheet for the home team Paddy Power is offering 6/5.

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