Newcastle United - Wigan Betting Preview: Magpies are value to record a vital victory

Alan Pardew's men are without a win in their last seven matches but Willie Duncan is backing the hosts to end that disappointing sequence by beating the Latics at St James' Park
Newcastle United will be desperate to put their recent poor run of form behind them when they play host to Wigan Athletic at St James’ Park on Monday night.

Alan Pardew’s men, who are now without in a win in seven matches, are rated as 21/20 (2.05) favourites with Bet365 to pick up a much-needed victory against Roberto Martinez’s side here.

The Latics, too, are struggling for form having lost three of their last four matches and they can be backed at a chunky 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365 to take all three points from their trip to the North East, while the same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the evening ends in a stalemate.

Both sides are plagued with injuries coming into this fixture but one man who seems certain to feature is Newcastle's Senegalese striker Demba Ba.

He has scored an impressive eight goals for the Magpies this season and he is available at a tasty 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365 to score first, while Ba’s fellow countryman Papiss Cisse is also chalked up at 9/2 (5.50) with the same firm to notch Monday’s opener.

For the visitors, Jordi Gomez showed the kind of form that Roberto Martinez has long been hoping for when his impressive hat-trick sank Reading last weekend and he is available at a tempting 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365 to net first here, while Ivorian striker Arouna Kone can be backed at 7/1 (8.0) with the same firm to break the deadlock.

The Magpies have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight matches so the 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365 for both teams to score is a tempting price here, but Alan Pardew’s men should prove to be too strong for Roberto Martinez’s side. They can be trusted to kickstart their season with victory at Bet365’s generous 21/20 (2.05) quote, while in-form striker Ba should be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with the same firm to get the ball rolling for the hosts by nabbing the opening goal on Monday.

Newcastle United to win at 21/20 (2.05) with Bet365
Demba Ba to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter