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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Arsenal v Wigan: Can Wigan ruin Arsenal's top four hopes or will the Gunners send the Latics down?


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It really is do or die for FA Cup winners Wigan tonight. Win and they go into the last game of the season knowing victory will keep them in the top flight. Lose and they become the first FA Cup winners to be relegated in the same season.

The Latics have won the support of most neutrals this season with their brand of silky football, but the chances of seeing them in the Premier League again next season look remote, especially as tonight's opponents, Arsenal, are still fighting for a Champions League place and have home advantage.

Arsene Wenger has never finished outside of the top four with the Gunners, but that statistic has been severely tested this season. Tottenham Hotspur have refused to buckle so far, placing the pressure to perform firmly at Wenger's door, but the Frenchman has been in this position time and time again and always come out smelling of roses. 

Wigan left the Emirates with all three points last season and always give the Gunners a good game. They will be full of confidence following their Wembley heroics against Man City on Saturday, but can they take their fight for survival down to the last game?

Our pundits think Wigan are about to create history. Not by beating the drop but by becoming the first FA Cup winners to be relegated in the same season. 

Arsenal v Wigan; Kick Off 7.45pm May 14 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

4

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

3

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2

V

3

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

4

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

0

Stoke City

Peter Holland

3

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

3

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

0

V

2

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

3

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

3

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

TBA    

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

TBA

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

3

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 27; Draw: 3; Away: 2. TBA 2.

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