6th Jan 2018 | FA Cup

Party Like It's 2013

Wigan have only lost 1 of their last 7 FA Cup games against top flight opponents. It doesn't hurt that Eddie Howe will play the second string.

Eddie Howe has said all the things he is obliged to say ahead of the FA Cup clash with Wigan but the bottom line is he will be fielding a significantly weakened side.

“We have a lot players who have been patient behind the scenes and they deserve their chance.”

Of course the reality is that if these players were really worthy of their chance then Howe would be playing them in the league given Bournemouth’s perilous position one point above the relegation zone.

Escaping the drop is all that really matters to the Cherries and a cup run will be seen as a bonus or a distraction depending on your outlook.

The 2013 FA Cup winners are proud of their heritage in this competition and are better than 7/2 shots with Bet365 implies. Top of League One and unbeaten in 10 games, this is another banana skin fixture.

1pt Wigan to win 7/2 with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 08:57 6th Jan, 2018 but subject to change