Preview & Prediction: Watford FC vs Wigan Athletic FC

After Tuesday night’s comfortable win over Birmingham City (March 14), Watford will look to end the international break on a high note when they host Wigan Athletic at Vicarage Road on Saturday (March 18).

As the countdown to kick-off continues, we look at all of the analytics, statistics, and figures surrounding the exciting Sky Bet Championship match.

Watford FC has been performing well at home, being unbeaten in their last 6 games. However, they have struggled to score goals recently and have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 games. On the other hand, Wigan Athletic has only picked up 2 points from their last 5 games and has only scored 3 times in their last 5 fixtures. Despite this, they have had a higher BTTS rate this season, with BTTS landing in 62% of their matches. Based on these trends, I predict that Watford FC will win the match, with a low chance of both teams scoring.

Forward Will Keane is Wigan’s leading scorer this season, with 10 goals in 36 Championship games, and he also leads the team in shots on target (21) and shots off target (21). (26).

James McClean and Max Power, the club’s experienced midfield duo, have played in all 37 league games so far in 2022/23, with the former leading the way in assists (7), attempted crosses (239), attempted tackles (99), and interceptions (39), and the latter leading the way in passes attempted (1,926) and passes in the opposition’s half (1,169).

Wigan’s stalwart defender Jack Whatmough has made the most passes in his own half (949), while also protecting the backline with the most clearances (111) and blocks (111). (23).

With Watford’s strong home form and their dominance over Wigan Athletic in previous encounters, it’s difficult to see anything other than a Watford win in this match. Wigan’s struggles in front of goal and poor away form only add to this belief. While BTTS has not been a common occurrence for Watford in recent games, Wigan’s tendency to concede suggests that it could happen in this match. Our prediction is a 2-0 win for Watford with BTTS also landing.

Key Insights

– Watford has picked up 7 points from the last 5 games, both home and away.
– Watford is unbeaten in 6 home games.
– Watford failed to score in 3 of the last 5 games.
– Both teams scored in just 1 of the last 5 games for Watford.
– BTTS landed in 15/37 games for Watford this season.

– Wigan Athletic has picked up only 2 points from the last 5 games, both home and away.
– Wigan Athletic failed to win in the last 5 games.
– Wigan Athletic has scored only 3 times in the last 5 fixtures.
– Both teams scored in 3 of the last 5 matches for Wigan Athletic.
– BTTS landed in 62% of all games involving Wigan Athletic this season.

– Watford won 4 out of 5 previous meetings against Wigan Athletic.
– No matches between these teams have ended in a draw.
– Previous matches between them averaged 2 goals.
– Watford has averaged 1.78 points per game at home matches this season.
– Wigan Athletic has averaged only 1 point per game at away matches this season.


– Watford might try to attack from the left and create through ball chances.
– Wigan might utilize their aerial ability to gain an advantage.
– Watford’s weakness in defending set pieces and stopping through ball attacks could lead to some dangerous opportunities for Wigan.
– Wigan’s weakness in finishing could become a decisive factor in the match.
– Both teams are expected to rotate their starting lineup.
– There might be an element of aggression in the game with opponents playing aggressively against Watford and Wigan favoring long balls with width.

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