Wigan and Norwich City do battle at the DW Stadium on Saturday in the opening day of the 2011-12 season, with both clubs being fancied as potential relegation candidates this term.
Wigan escaped the drop on the last day of the season last term, with a 1-0 win ensuring the Latics finished in 16th place. Roberto Martinez turned down an offer to move to Aston Villa in the summer, and the Spaniard will hope to progress with his team in 2011-12. Charles N’Zogbia has left the club in the transfer window, but Ali Al Habsi has moved to the outfit on a permanent basis after a loan spell earlier in the year. Bwin have the home side as favourites, and offer odds of 1.95 on a Wigan victory.
Norwich claimed the second automatic promotion place from the Championship last term, and Paul Lambert has done a fantastic job since taking over at Carrow Road. 3-0 wins over Coventry and Parma in pre-season will give the new boys confidence going into the campaign, James Vaughan has signed from Everton, and Kyle Naughton has joined in loan from Spurs. Bwin have odds of 3.80 for Norwich to win their first game back in the top flight.
This will be tightly contested, and Wigan will look to get off the mark with three points. My Premier League football betting tip is a 1-0 win to Wigan, which Bwin offers at odd of 8.25.