Wigan had a terrible start to the season when they conceded ten goals in their opening two games.
Tom Cleverley – could make start tomorrow
They were hammered in that first game 4-0 at Blackpool, and then visited Champions Chelsea and were smashed 6-0.
But they have come back well from those two initial defeats, and indeed are one point above Newcastle in the league with 8 points after 7 games.
In their last 5 league games they have two wins, two draws and a single defeat at home to Manchester City, so they have hit some good form recently.
Newcastle have been up and down all season, and since we have lost our last two games at home to Stoke and away at Eastlands, the Magpies are due a win.
Hatem Ben Arfa will be out for some time after his tragic double leg fracture at Eastlands, and the lad is now with his parents in Tunisia. And Danny Simpson, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Leon Best and Dan Gosling are also not available due to injury for the game tomorrow.
Danny Guthrie is touch and go, and was left out of the Reserves team, who had a terrific 3-2 at Blackpool on Wednesday afternoon, and may make the bench, for the first time this season.
For Wigan, Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley, on loan for the season was also a Newcastle target in the summer, and could miss out once again as he continues rehabilitation from his knee injury.
The 21-year-old has played only 15 minutes of action in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland so far this season, but there is a chance he could make the game tomorrow.
But Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz is a major doubt with his ankle injury and center-back Gary Caldwell, who was at Newcastle as a youngster, will miss the game.
The last time this fixture took place was in November of 2008, when Newcastle local lad Steve Bruce was the manager, and the two sides had a 2-2 draw, with the game possibly going either way.
Newcastle went ahead in that game with a goal from Oba Martins on 87 minutes, but then former Magpies player Titus Bramble, of all people, equalized in the 89th minute.
We’ll have our full Match Preview later today.