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  • January 2, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - Newcastle United

Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - Newcastle United

N’Zogbia begins suspension while Andy Carroll misses out with thigh injury...

Home Comforts Boost For Latics

The two sides have met nine times in the Premier League with both sides dominant on their own grounds. Wigan have won all four clashes at the DW Stadium, three of them by one goal to nil, scoring five goals in the process while restricting Newcastle to just one goal.

When the clubs met earlier in the season at St James' Park they fought out an action-packed 2-2 draw. Two goals by N’Zogbia looked to have given Wigan victory but a Shola Ameobi strike and a last-minute Fabrizio Coloccini header earned the Magpies a dramatic point.

New Year Could Lead To New Start


Wigan grabbed themselves a deserved point against Arsenal after coming back from 2-1 down to get a 2-2 draw despite being down to 10 men. The Latics are now unbeaten in six league games at home, and are currently on a four-match unbeaten run which has seen them rise to 16th in the Premier League table.

However the pressure is on new Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who arrived at the club in early December and after winning his first match against Liverpool has lost the two matches since. Newcastle have recorded impressive away victories at Arsenal, Everton and West Ham already this season but are currently on a three-game losing streak away from home and will be hoping to put an end to that at the DW Stadium.

Team News

Wigan Athletic


Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia is unavailable for the visit of his former club as he starts a three-game suspension after being sent off against Arsenal for a headbutt on Jack Wilshere. James McArthur and Jordi Gomez will be battling it out to replace the French winger to provide that creative spark the Latics will need to record a third home victory of the season.

Defender Emmerson Boyce and striker Franco Di Santo could make a return to the squad following leg and ankle injuries respectively but both are still doubtful. However James McCarthy (ankle) and Victor Moses (shoulder) are both long-term absentees and therefore will still be unavailable.

Potential Starting line-up: Al-Habsi; Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Cleverley, Watson, Thomas, Diame, McArthur; Rodallega

Newcastle United

Alan Pardew has no new injury worries ahead of their trip to the North West, but he may be able to welcome back striker Shola Ameobi and midfielder Dan Gosling. Ameobi has been out with a hamstring injury but is still doubtful for the clash, while Dan Gosling could be in contention to make his first appearance since arriving at the club on a free in July.

Meanwhile, striker partner Andy Carroll has been ruled out with a thigh injury meaning Ameobi may be thrust back into things quicker than expected.

However Pardew may not want to rush either player back into the first team in case they pick up further injuries whilst still lacking match fitness. Defender Ryan Taylor and midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa are still sidelined for the Magpies and are unlikely to be available for selection until mid February.

Potential Starting line-up: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Taylor, Perch; Routledge, Barton, Smith, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi.

Players to watch

T. Cleverley

Position: Midfielder

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The on-loan Manchester United midfielder has been in impressive form for the Latics this season, making 11 appearances so far and scoring three goals. With N’Zogbia suspended the responsibility for creating chances for Wigan will fall on Cleverley, a role he should flourish in.

J. Barton

Position: Midfielder

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The bad boy of English football has calmed down somewhat in recent seasons and become a mainstay in the Newcastle midfield. Already this season he has won plaudits for his role on the right with some expert set-piece delivery and the Magpies will need more of the same at Wigan.

Editor's Prediction

Newcastle are struggling at the moment, and with Wigan’s impressive home record the Latics could extend their unbeaten run to five games. They will feel the effects of the absence of Charles N'Zogbia through suspension but they should still have enough to beat a Newcastle side struggling for confidence under their new manager.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Newcastle United

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
36%
29%
35%

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