Wigan have won four of their last six league games, including wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
So with that form over the last six games, we know Wigan will be a tough nut to crack this afternoon, even though they went down 2-1 to Fulham last weekend in their last game.
As usual, Alan Pardew will have prepared the team impeccably for this game, and we should see Newcastle trying to hit Wigan on the break, and test just how good that Wigan defense is.
The former Newcastle youngster Gary Caldwell is in the center of their defense, and Gary is the Wigan captain too.
Yohan Cabaye is expected to have recovered from the ankle knock that forced him out of the win over Stoke City last Saturday after only an hour.
Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan are fit again, but are not travelling to Wigan, and will be available for the game st Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Newcastle have four games to play in the next 15 days, and we finish the season on 13th May at Everton, and it’s been an outstanding season for the Newcastle club, who currently have 62 points from their 34 games and stand clear in 4th place.
The lads have nothing to lose, and we have already qualified for Europe – and it’s now a case of showing the fans and the pundits, just how good a team Newcastle are.
It seems almost certain that Alan Pardew will start the same team that rather easily won the game against Stoke City last Saturday, and this is the expected line-up.
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ben Arfa Cise Demba Ba
Subs: Elliot, Perch, Guthrie Gosling Taylor (R) Ameobi (Sh) Best
That’s a strong team and a strong bench, and it will be difficult for Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux to even get onto the bench at Chelsea on Wednesday evening, in what promises to be a great game – and an excellent test for Newcastle.
For Wigan Ronnie Stam is the only definite absentee this week, and there will be late fitness tests on Franco Di Santo and Hugo Rodallega, to see if they are able to play.
Wigan are 4th bottom, on 34 points from 35 games played, just one point above safety, and have won only three of their home matches, but five matches away from home, including at the Emirates recently.
Wigan were very good at Newcastle this season, when we won with that late goal from Yohan Cabaye after 81 minutes.
Obviously we’d love to see another win today to make it seven wins in a row for Newcastle, and if our lads can play solidly at the back, and Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Ben Arfa are sharp up front, we could be celebrating another win tonight.
Let us know how you think the game will go today:
Howay The Lads!!