Lawro Predicts - Villa v Latics
Mark Lawrenson has done his usual round of forecasting the upcoming Premier League results, of course the Latics travel to Aston Villa this Saturday, lets take a look at how Preston's finest sees this one:
Aston Villa v Wigan
It is very difficult to know where Aston Villa go now after their last two results - their 4-0 defeat by Tottenham on Boxing Day could quite easily have been by the same scoreline as their 8-0 thrashing at Chelsea.
I have said all season that because Villa are a young side they will be inconsistent, with lots of highs and lows but those games were not just a blip.
They are in a mess and they need any sort of positive result against Wigan.
Wigan are on an awful run at the moment themselves, although they have had a couple of bad decisions go against them of late - they should have had a penalty against Everton last time out and they certainly did not play badly in their defeat at Goodison Park.
The Latics will turn it round, because they always do. The thing about Wigan which puts them in a different situation to Villa is that they have been here so many times before - and nobody is panicking.
They will be thinking that, the state Villa are in, they can go and maybe nick a win. From Villa's point of view I think this is a game they cannot afford to lose, which is a big thing to say with us being only halfway through the season.
But confidence-wise, Lambert's side look shattered already and being beaten by a team below them would make things even worse.
I hate to say this but I am with Lawro here, 1-1 for me too
To see all Lawro's weekend predictions visit www.bbc.co.uk/lawros-punts
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