Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United

Table toppers Manchester United kick off 2013 by welcoming to Old Trafford a Wigan Athletic side sitting just one point clear of the relegation zone.

The hosts go in to the game on the back of Saturday’s impressive 3-0 victory over Aston Villa; a result which saw them leap-frog Paul Lamberts men and climb out of the bottom three.

Roberto Martinez is set to name an unchanged side, as Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, Antonio Lopez, Ryo Miyaichi and Ben Watson remain side-lined.

Striker Arouna Kone grabbed his sixth goal of the season at the weekend, and the Ivorian is widely available at 11.0 (10/1) to open the scoring.

Wigan are as highly priced as 6.25 (21/4) with Bet Victor to take the points, with United odds on at 1.62 (8/13) with the same firm. The draw is 4.33 (10/3) with Ladbrokes.

The visitors made it eight games unbeaten with their 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion last time out, a result that maintained their seven point advantage at the top of the division.

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to recall Robin Van Persie to the starting line-up, having secured Saturday’s win with a superb last minute strike, whilst Rafael and Phil Jones are also pushing for recalls after recovering from injury.

Van Persie is the 4.0 (3/1) favourite to get the first goal of the game, whilst former Wigan man Antonio Valenica is a 13.0 (12/1) outside chance with Bet Victor, and 4.6 (18/5) to score at any time during the game.