Both sides will be in buoyant spirits after recent cup victories, and Al Hain-Cole expects Arouna Kone to get the ball rolling in a high-scoring encounter at the DW Stadium
Alan Pardew’s side have a cup triumph of their own to celebrate after seeing of Anzhi in the last minute of their Europa League tie on Thursday, and will also be keen to make absolutely sure that they do not get sucked into a relegation battle as the season draws to a close.
Thrashings against Chelsea and Liverpool aside, Roberto Martinez’s men are actually in respectable form, with just one defeat in the other 10 most recent games, and are favourites at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power to rack up their fourth win in five games here.
However, The Magpies have been resurgent since their fruitful January transfer window, and are available at 9/4 (3.25) to continue their French revolution with victory at the DW Stadium.
Only two of the last 14 encounters between these sides have ended in draws, but you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on this one finishing all square.
Neutrals tuning in on Sunday can be optimistic of seeing an entertaining spectacle, as this pair’s matches are among the most high-scoring in the league, providing an average of over three goals per match.
It is fair to say that both look more comfortable going forward than backwards, as evidenced by the fact that there have been at least three goals scored in 11 of their last 12 combined league games.
With seven goals having been scored in the last two meetings between the sides, odds of 8/11 (1.73) look far too good to pass up on over 2.5 going in on Sunday.
Papiss Cisse’s prolific recent return of three goals in his last five games have prompted Paddy Power to offer a money back special on first goalscorer bets should the Senegalese striker hit the back of the net last against The Latics.
Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, it is worth having a tipple on Arouna Kone getting the scoring underway, at odds of 5/1 (6.00).
The Ivorian international has added a whole new dimension to the Wigan attack this season, and is on excellent form, with four goals in his last four.
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.