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  • 17 March 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Halsey
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Wigan - Newcastle Preview: FA Cup semi-finalists hope to carry momentum into survival bid

Roberto Martinez' side aim for three points to help lift them out of the relegation zone, whilst also preventing the visitors from boosting their chances of league survival

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
 Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Di Santo

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Elliot
Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Santon
Cabaye, Tiote
Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez

Cisse


Goalscorer against Everton, Callum McManaman (ankle) is a doubt for the visit of Newcastle after being forced off with just 40 minutes on the clock last weekend - but represents Roberto Martinez's only fresh selection worry.

Albert Crusa (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), Michael Pollitt (thigh) and Ivan Ramis (knee) all remain out for the long term.

Meanwhile, it is unlikely Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) will start for Newcastle after continuing to struggle with match fitness.

Tim Krul (ankle) and Fabricio Coloccini (back) is not expected back before the end of April, allowing Rob Elliot and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to continue deputising.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan beat Newcastle 4-0 in the same fixture last season as the Latics won seven of their last nine Premier League fixtures to avoid relegation.
  • Roberto Martinez's charges have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine league home games.
  • Wigan have taken only two points in their last six Premier League home games, the worst form in the league.
  • Newcastle are fourth in the Premier League form guide
  • Pardew's side have failed to win 14 of the last 15 away Premier League fixtures.
  • Moussa Sissoko (pictured right), has contributed to five goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
  • The last four fixtures between these two sides have resulted in clean sheets, with Newcastle keeping three of them.

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Available Squads
1JoelGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
-Román GolobartDefender
-James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
3Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
Players to Watch
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker has been on great form this season, providing the squad with 10 goals and five assists in the 23 appearances. In the away fixtures against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Reading, the 29-year-old scored four times and looks like being a major factor in Wigan's survival bid.
Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Frenchman is a key player under Alan Pardew, with the stand-in captain's delivery from set-pieces and attacking bursts proving pivitol of late - most recently in the last-gasp victory over Stoke. Another commanding display on Sunday will go a long way to settling Newcastle's nerves ahead of the run-in.
Prediction
Despite Newcastle picking up their form in recent weeks, Wigan's momentum could help steer them to a much-needed victory. Arouna Kone, James McCarthy and James McArthur have all been influential at the DW Stadium thus far and with the Latics being known for their late-season surges up the table, Alan Pardew's side must be wary.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 2

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