Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen believes that David Moyes’s Hammers will not lose.
Owen wrote on Betvictor.com: “I am surprised that League One Wigan are favourites against West Ham who are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.
“The Hammers have a good record against lower-league opposition progressing in 14 of their last 15 ties against lower league opposition – the only defeat coming in January 2014 when Sam Allardyce played a very inexperienced side against Nottingham Forest.
“Only City (29) and United (24) have won more competitive games this season than Wigan (23) but I expect the Hammers to get at least a replay at the DW Stadium.”
A footnote added: “Tip: West Ham draw no bet at 17/20.”
Playing at home will give Wigan an advantage on Saturday afternoon, and Paul Cook’s side will also be determined to stage an FA Cup upset.
The Latics are going strong in League One at the moment and look set to win automatic promotion to the Championship at the end of the season.
One suspects that manager Cook will field a strong team against the Hammers, who could make changes given that their main priority this season is to avoid dropping down to the Championship from the Premier League.
However, West Ham should have enough to at least draw with Wigan away from home at the DW Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.