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  • December 3, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: M. Jones
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Premier League Preview: Newcastle United - Wigan

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United - Wigan

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The Magpies head into Monday night's game depleted by injury and on a run of four straight defeats, while Roberto Martinez's men are chasing their first win at St James' Park.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Gutierrez, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson
Ba, Cisse

WIGAN

Al-Habsi
Stam, Ramis, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Jones
Di Santo, Kone, Beausejour

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been given a selection headache in recent weeks, with many of his star players being ruled out through injury. Further weakening sees Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin) the latest names to be deemed unavailable until 2013.

The duo joins Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Dan Gosling (knee), Gabriel Obertan (toe), Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (both knee) on the sidelines, although Shola Ameobi could return.

Roberto Martinez could welcome back as many as six members of his squad from injury for the Latics' trip to St James' Park.

Antolin Alcaraz (groin), Gary Caldwell (hamstring), Albert Crusat (knee), Shaun Maloney (groin), James McArthur (thigh) and Ryo Miyachi (foot) could all return for Wigan, though Ben Watson (leg) remains a long-term absentee.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan's 4-0 home victory over the Magpies last season is the biggest winning margin either side has ever recorded in this fixture. Two goals from Victor Moses as well as as further strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo (pictured) secured the win.
  • There has never been a 0-0 draw between these two sides.
  • The Latics have never won a game at St James' Park, losing four and drawing three of the meetings across all competitions.
  • Roberto Martinez's men have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (four).
  • Newcastle's current run of seven games without a victory is the club's worst-ever winless run under manager Alan Pardew.
  • Magpies forward Demba Ba scored twice for West Ham against Wigan in his last game for the Hammers, before making the switch to the northeast.
  • During his time at Wigan, current Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor scored in four consecutive games against his new side.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
9Demba BaStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
31Shane FergusonDefender
34James TavernierDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
30Nile RangerStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Román GolobartDefender
26Adrain LopezDefender
16James McArthurMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker

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