Nigel Adkins side gained automatic promotion from the Championship last season and it’s been a long, hard struggle for the club to get back into the big time.
Another relegation followed their Premier League exit in 2005 but under Adkins they have built a solid team that are confident about avoiding relegation this season.
They acquitted themselves extremely impressively against Manchester City last weekend, and although they went down 3-2, there was certainly enough on show from the Saints to suggest they will be a tough nut to crack this year. Wigan also have plenty to prove to avoid another year of relegation scrapping.
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Roberto Martinez’s men lost 2-0 to Chelsea in their opening game but like Southampton, played well enough to suggest that a repeat of last year’s survival exploits may happen again.
Much will depend on Martinez can keep hold of influential strike man Victor Moses, and it seems there is agood chance he will stay at the DW after significant interest from Chelsea earlier in the summer eased.
Of course the Latics main man for goals in recent seasons Hugo Rodellega, who joined Fulham.
The markets for this weekend’s clash have the edge with the home side, who have been installed as the 11/10 (Paddy Power) favourites. A Wigan victory can be backed at 5/2 (Ladbrokes) whilst the draw is a 23/10 (Ladbrokes) poke.
The goalscoring market in this match will surely bring in plenty of interest from Saints fans.
Their goalscoring hero from the City of Manchester Stadium, Rickie Lambert, who came off the bench to notch his 79th goal for the club, will surely force his way into the starting line-up for this game.
He has scored goals at whatever level he has played at and many are expecting him to take advantage of a rather flimsy Wigan backline that was run ragged in the opening 15 minutes against Chelsea, who went onto to win the game 2-0.
Lambert can be backed at 5/1 (bet365) to open the scoring against the Latics.