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  • 22 October 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 48321
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Newcastle United - Wigan Athletic Preview: Alan Pardew's men looking to maintain unbeaten Premier League start

Tyneside outfit have never lost to the Latics in a league game at St James' Park, and the visitors are currently on a dubious run of six consecutive losses in all competitions


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Ba, Best

WIGAN ATHLETIC

 
Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri
Watson
Moses, Jones, Diame, McCarthy
Di Santo
 
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will not be able to call upon the services of Alan Smith and Michael Williamson, as the duo are currently sidelined with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Sammy Ameobi (hamstring), Danny Guthrie (groin) and Haris Vuckic (hand) are all doubtful as they recover from their injury-related problems.

Young full-back Davide Santon made his debut against Tottenham last time out, and could displace Danny Simpson in the line-up. Shola Ameobi is also in contention to break into the starting line-up after scoring against Spurs.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez does not have too many injury concerns, with Ben Watson being his only doubt for this game. The former Crystal Palace man took a knock in the last clash against Bolton Wanderers, and had to leave the pitch at half-time.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Newcastle United have never lost to Wigan Athletic in a league game at St James' Park. However, the two sides have met only five times on Tyneside.
  • Alan Pardew's men have begun their Premier League campaign in emphatic fashion, going undefeated in their first eight games. They currently occupy the last available Champions League spot - fourth place - and remain one of only three teams to have not been beaten in the league this season. The other two being Manchester City and Manchester United.
  • Ryan Taylor (pictured right) spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Latics before making a move to the Toon in 2009. But during his time with his former club, the ex-Tranmere Rovers man scored six goals - four of which were against Newcastle.
  • Wigan Athletic are currently on a losing streak, having fallen to a defeat in their last six games in all competitions.
  • The Latics have scored only six goals in the league this season. No other team has scored fewer. They have also been very poor on their travels, scoring only one goal away from home. They have, however, conceded eight on away days.
  • If all matches had ended at half-time, then Wigan would have been outside the relegation zone in 17th place, whereas Newcastle would have plummetted down to 10th in the standings.

Players to watch

L. Best

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Leon Best will likely have to put in a strong performance for the home side, as Shola Ameobi's goal against Tottenham in the last game means that he could be pushing for a spot in the starting line-up.

So the former Coventry City man will have to put in a performance strong enough to ensure that his partnership with Demba Ba remains unbroken.

F. Di Santo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Franco Di Santo has scored three of Wigan's six league goals this season, and he will be burdened with the responsibility of finding the back of the net to help his side climb out of the relegation zone.

Editor's Prediction

Newcastle United have displayed good form so far whereas their opponents have shown anything but. Even past history at St James' Park favours the hosts, and the same is likely to continue.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Newcastle United

Wigan Athletic

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
91%

Top 3 Predictions

Newcastle United FC NEW
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Newcastle United FC NEW
3 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Newcastle United FC NEW
3 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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