Alan Pardew welcomes the Latics to St James’ Park in Monday night’s Premier League action.
Newcastle United are in a slump and after four successive Premier League defeats Alan Pardew will hope his side have what it takes to overcome a Wigan Athletic side who sit level on points with the Magpies.
Roberto Martinez’s side have had an up and down season themselves but then expectations at the DW Stadium are far lower than that of their North-East opposition so a Latics side sitting in 15th spot can be considered to be moving along nicely as the perennially relegation threatened side are a couple of points clear of the drop zone.
Pardew’s side have struggled at home, losing against Swansea City and West Ham in their last two fixtures and anything other than a win tonight will heap more pressure on the Newcastle United boss who may well feel that their involvement in the Europa League is detrimentally affected his side’s Premier League form.
Venue St James’ Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season Newcastle 1 Wigan 0
Referee M Jones
This season’s matches 9 Y33, R0, 3.67 cards per game
Odds Newcastle 10-11 Wigan 14-5 Draw 5-2
Subs from Elliot, Harper, Tavernier, Marveaux, Ferguson, Amalfitano, Abeid Bigirimana, Ranger, Shola Ameobi
Doubtful Shola Ameobi (groin) Injured Ben Arfa (hamstring, Dec 8), Cabaye (groin, Feb), S Taylor (hamstring, Feb) R Taylor (knee, Aug), Vuckic (knee, Aug), Gosling (knee, unknown), Obertan (toe, unknown) Suspended Perch (one match)
Form guide LLLLDW
Disciplinary record Y28 R2
Leading scorer Ba 8
Subs from Pollitt, Caldwell, Boselli, McManaman, Golobart, Redmond, Orsula, Fyvie
Doubtful Caldwell (hamstring), Jones (calf)
Injured Maloney (groin, 3 Dec), Miyaichi (ankle, 3 Dec), McArthur (hip, 3 Dec), Crusat (knee, 3 Dec), Alcaraz (groin, 3 Dec), Watson (leg, Feb), Ramis (hamstring, unknown) Suspended None
Form guide LWLLWW
Disciplinary record Y26 R1
Leading scorer Koné 4
Newcastle have never lost at home to Wigan in seven league and cup games.
It’s two draws from their last three trips to Tyneside for the Latics.
Six of the 12 previous Premier League matches (50%) have finished 1-0 victories. Of these six games both sides have three wins apiece.
Newcastle have lost their last four league matches – equalling their Premier League record. They last lost four successive matches between Aug – Sep 2008, during their relegation season.
Since Alan Pardew signed his new long-term contract the Magpies have won just one of their nine Premier League games (D3 L5).
All 14 of Newcastle’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by French speakers.
The Magpies have scored just seven goals in seven league games at St James’ Park this term – Demba Ba (four), Hatem Ben Arfa (two) and Papiss Cisse (one).
Wigan have lost three of their last four matches – conceding nine goals in the process.
Going into this latest round of Premier League matches on QPR (nine) had lost more league games than Roberto Martinez’s men.
Aston Villa and Wigan have each only scored four away Premier League goals this season.
Three of the Latics’ four league wins have come against last season’s promoted clubs. The exception being their away win at Tottenham.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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