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  • 28 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Wigan Athletic - Newcastle United Preview: Visitors chasing seventh straight league win to maintain Champions League push

The Magpies have been in superb form in recent weeks but face a tough task against a Lactics side looking for a crucial home win to stay out of the relegation zone

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al Habsi
Alcaraz, Boyce, Caldwell

Figueroa, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour
Maloney, Di Santo, Moses
NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon

Gutierrez, Tiote, Cabaye
Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is unlikely to make too many changes from the team that narrowly lost 2-1 away to Fulham and could stick with the same defensive players but could make a change further forward.

Former Aston Villa man Shaun Maloney could be pushing for a recall and may take the place of Jordi Gomez. Up front, Franco Di Santo is looking to shake off a calf injury while Hugo Rodallega (knee) has been out for over a month. Former Almeria winger Albert Crusat remains on the sidelines with a calf problem.

Alan Pardew is likely to name the same side that beat Stoke City 3-0 last time out. This will mean Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba will again play either side of the in-form Papiss Cisse. Yohan Cabaye limped off against the Potters with an ankle knock but is expected to feature.

Former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan could come back into the squad. Long-term injury absentees Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Steven Taylor (achilles) and Peter Lovenkrands (knee) remain sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan Athletic have won four of their last six matches including wins against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. They had four victories from their previous 29 matches in the league before this recent run.
  • Three Wigan players have featured in all of their 35 league matches so far: Ali Al-Habsi (pictured right), Maynor Figueroa and Victor Moses.
  • Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez are the Lactics' joint top scorers in the league so far this campaign with five goals each.
  • The home side have won four of their five home matches against the Magpies in the Premier League.
  • Newcastle won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, securing a narrow 1-0 win, with Yohan Cabaye scoring the goal.

  • The Magpies have scored in 17 of their last 18 league games. The game in this run where they failed to find the back of the net was a 5-0 loss away to Tottenham.

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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
9Demba BaStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
16Ryan TaylorDefender
31Shane FergusonDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
20Leon BestStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
Players to Watch
Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Crystal Palace man is showing signs of developing into an impressive player. His blistering pace has now been complemented by a more consistent end product.

With five league goals so far he could probably do with hitting the back of the net more to take his game onto the next level. The home side will be hoping he can perform once again to help them get a vital win as they battle against the drop.
Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 26-year-old put in arguably one of the best displays by a midfielder in the Premier League so far this season in Newcastle’s game against Stoke last weekend.

The former Lille man bagged two goals and got a stunning assist to help his side to another win. His midfield partnership alongside Cheikh Tiote is looking like one of the best in the division, and Wigan will have to stop the Frenchman if they are to get a result.
Prediction
This match is crucial to both sides for different reasons - Wigan sit just outside of the relegation positions and are desperate for three points to remain so.

Newcastle, however, are chasing victory as they look to stay in the Champions League spots with just a few games to go. The game could go either way with both teams in good form, but the Magpies’ extra attacking potency could see them run out winners.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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