Premier League Preview for Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa along with Predictions for the matches on week 38 of the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week. You can also check out the weekly EPL TV Schedule.
It has finally happened. Wigan Athletic has been relegated. What most people thought was going to be a massive final match and a last day full of drama has fizzled out.
This was supposed to be a match to decide who would be relegated. Instead, it is just another game, after Wigan’s 1-4 loss to Arsenal. Wigan has become the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season. Not exactly a distinction anyone wants, but it was looking inevitable that they would be dropping, so at least they go back to the Championship with a trophy in hand.
Aston Villa will be without their goal scoring machine, Christian Benteke, thanks to his sending off in their loss to Chelsea. They also have Matthew Lowton out to injury along with Karim El Ahmadi and Ciaran Clarke, although all three could make it for Sunday’s match.
I’m predicting a draw for this match. The problem with a prediction for Wigan v Aston Villa is that neither team has anything to play for and this means that there is no real drive or motivator for either team. Either team could come out as winners depending on which one decides they are up for it.
Previously they were both able to get up for games by knowing that they needed wins to stay up and not get relegated. Now we are at the point that Wigan are already going down and Aston Villa know they are safe. I can’t imagine either manager will want their teams to give up, but you can’t always control what the players do after they cross that white line.
Wigan (W, D, L, L, D, W, L, L) 2 – 2 Aston Villa (W, L, W, D, L, W, W, L)
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