Posted on | March 17, 2013 | No Comments
With seven points separating these two outfits in the table, it could be said that just one of them has anything to play for. While Newcastle looked to be getting sucked into a relegation zone several weeks ago, the Magpies have experienced an upturn in fortunes over recent weeks and this means they are bordering on the mid-table places. Wigan on the other hand are in serious trouble and following some poor results on Saturday, the Latics are now six points adrift of safety.
After experiencing the high of thrashing Everton to progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup last weekend, the position that Wigan now find themselves in is quite unbelievable. While the Latics have two games in hand over most of their rivals, the fact they are six points adrift of safety at this stage of the season is very concerning. Some would also view it as quite surprising as while Roberto Martinez’s side were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool in their last top flight game, prior to that they had put together an unbeaten run of three matches. Taking this into account the club are at least in good overall form, although the fact they have not won in their last eight attempts at the DW Stadium suggests they may struggle in this next home encounter.
Newcastle are another side who have fared very well in the Premier League recently, with the club winning two of their last three league games. This has eased a lot of pressure on Alan Pardew’s men, after the club became embroiled in something of an early relegation scrap following that poor start to the campaign. Fortunately, such struggles now appear to be over and the Magpies are fixed on thirty three points, meaning they could find themselves in 10th place with a victory on Sunday.
In terms of team news, Wigan are approaching the game with two massive blows as Callum McManaman and Ryo Miyaichi prepare to miss out. McManaman is struggling with an ankle injury, whereas the latter could be out for the foreseeable future after damaging his ankle ligaments. It’s a similar story for Newcastle meanwhile, with Alan Pardew’s squad set to be without Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye due to hamstring and groin injuries respectively. On a more positive note, Shola Ameobi could feature after recovering from his knock that has kept him out of recent fixtures.
With Wigan faring so poorly at home this term, it’s certainly not advisable to bet on a Latics victory. Furthermore, Newcastle are hardly specialists on their travels, meaning that an away win is probably off the cards. Taking this into account, the only tip we can attribute to this match is a 2-2 draw.