Newcastle take on Wigan at the DW Stadium and Newcastle fans will be hoping that the lads can get their 7th win on the trot.
Papiss Cisse – 9 goals in last six appearances for Newcastle
That kind of form is what it’s probably going to take, for Newcastle to qualify for the Champions League next season.
The last four games of the season are against Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a), so the game at Wigan on Saturday is probably the easiest of the four remaining.
But Wigan have also won four of their last six league games, and are trying to pull of another amazing escape from being relegated from the Premier League, in what is probably Roberto Martinez’ last season as Wigan manager.
Wigan gave us a hard time of things at St. James’ Park back on 22nd October, when Newcastle won that game with the first ever goal from Yohan Cabaye after 81 minutes – after he had been set up nicely by Sylvain Marveaux.
And Sylvain and Gabby Obertan are both back in the frame for Saturday’s game, and both could be on the bench for Newcastle, with the starting eleven expected to be unchanged from the side that beat Stoke 3-0 at St. James’ Park last Saturday.
Papiss Cisse scored his 11th goal of the season last Saturday in just ten appearances for Newcastle, and Alan Shearer is hoping Papiss can keep on the scoring trail for Newcastle over the final four games.
Cisse has scored 9 goals in his last six appearances scoring in every one of those six games, so we have to hope he can keep that up.
This is what Alan had this to say about Cisse today:
“It’s worked out well for Papiss Cisse since he arrived,””Demba Ba has stopped scoring goals and has done an incredible job for the team, so Cisse has come in and started to score the goals, which was needed.”
“He has taken that on from where Ba left off.” ” I hope Newcastle can finish the season off in style with Cisse scoring goals and getting them up to fourth.”
It’s good that Alan points out how well Demba Ba has been playing, even though he has not scored since the Aston Villa game – but he is doing a good job up front for Newcastle, and Newcastle’s results are the most important thing, not who’s scoring the goals.
It will not be easy on Saturday but the Wigan game is the first of four games that will take place over a short 15 day time-frame, until we finish the season on May 13th at Everton.
We have to hope we can be in the top four after that tough Everton game.