Wigan Athletic will hope to build on their FA Cup heroics when they welcome Newcastle United to the DW Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:00PM
A meagre two wins, against West Ham and Reading, and 10 points from 14 games at the DW Stadium represents the worst home record in England’s top five divisions. Although they gave themselves a major confidence boost by beating Everton 3-0 in the FA Cup last weekend.
Newcastle have one away win all season is evidence that Alan Pardew’s side do not travel well. They also had a boost during the week as they qualified to the next round of Europe.
Wigan Team: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner
Newcastle team Elliot; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Gutierrez, Tiote; Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse
Newacastle are likely to be without Hatem Ben Arfa as the French winger continues to fight back to full fitness following a hamstring problem. Tim Krul is still out with a hamstring injury, so Rob Elliot will continue in goal. Fabricio Coloccini is also missing with a back complaint, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will keep his place in defence.
Players To Watch
Gomez goal last week was sensational, Wigan come in to the match with injury worries and Spaniard is sure to step up the mark and create plays.
Cisse is a name on a lot of Newcastle supporter’s lips. He is a danger in front of goal and will cause problems for any defender.