Bristol City will host Wigan Athletic at Ashton Gate on Wednesday in another round of Championship football. The home side endured a difficult finish to 2022 but have begun the new year in good form, steadily picking up points and climbing up the table. They beat Norwich City 1-0 in their last game, with Mark Sykes scoring the sole goal of the match midway through the first half to record his fourth league goal in as many games.
Bristol sit 13th in the league table with 39 points from 30 games. They will look to continue their good run of form when they play on Wednesday. Wigan, meanwhile, have struggled to adapt to the demands of Championship football and now find themselves in the drop zone. However, they returned to winning ways last weekend with a narrow 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, with Jack Whatmough scoring a late winner to open his account for the season.
The visitors sit 22nd in the table, with just 29 points picked up so far and will be hopeful of adding to that tally this week.
Bristol are on a three-game winning streak and are undefeated in their last nine games across all competitions. They have picked up three wins and two draws in their last five home games and will fancy their chances ahead of the midweek clash.
Wigan’s latest result ended a 10-game winless run and they will be determined to build on that. They are, however, winless in their last 10 away matches and could see defeat here.
Prediction: Bristol City 1-0 Wigan Athletic
This match will start from 1:15 am
This match will take place on 16 February 2023
While Pearson is likely to opt for an unchanged Bristol City starting lineup, he has options available to him if he wants to introduce fresh legs.
Andreas Weimann is fit again after injury, while new arrivals Harry Cornick and Anis Mehmeti are each awaiting their first starts for the club.
Maloney finds himself in a similar predicament with his Wigan selection, with alterations unlikely but possible given the turnaround and upcoming schedule.
If Tom Pearce is deemed fit enough to start, Ryan Nyambe could switch to right-back, taking the spot of Tendayi Darikwa.
Ashley Fletcher is also an option, but Danel Sinani, Will Keane and Callum Lang appear likely to keep their places.
O’Leary; Tanner, Atkinson, Vyner, Pring; Williams, James; Sykes, Scott, Bell; Wells
Amos, Darikwa, Hughes, Whatmough, Nyambe; Sinani, Power, Tiehi, McClean; Keane, Lang
We say: Bristol City 2-0 Wigan Athletic
Given the early improvements under Maloney, Wigan will believe that they can cause the upset in this fixture. However, we would not back against Bristol City against many second-tier opponents right now, leading us to predict a hard-earned home win.
Tip 1 – Result: Bristol
Tip 2 – Goals – Over/under 2.5 – Under 2.5 goals (Five of the visitors’ last six matches have produced fewer than 2.5 goals)
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: NO (Both sides have found the back of the net in just one of the visitors’ last four matches)
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Bristol City win with a probability of 41.06%. A win for Wigan Athletic has a probability of 32.14% and a draw has a probability of 26.8%.
The most likely scoreline for a Bristol City win is 1-0 with a probability of 10.95%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (8.59%) and 2-0 (7.39%). The likeliest Wigan Athletic win is 0-1 (9.43%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (12.72%).
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