Wigan Athletic will be without Charles N’Zogbia, whilst Newcastle looks to be missing Andy Carroll for the New Year’s weekend clash at the DW Stadium. It is a big game for both teams and Latics will need to keep up their 100% home league record against the Magpies to jump above them in the league table.
Latics were massively unlucky not to take all three points from their visit to St James Park earlier in the season, it took a last minute equaliser to put a dampener on our day then, we will look to go that step further this time at home.
It was a great performance and a well earned point against title hopefuls Arsenal in mid week, it is that sort of passion and resolve we will need again and again this season if we are to finish mid table or better.
Newcastle have tried their luck and pushed their team to the limits to keep themselves away from the drop zone, but they are slowly getting found out and a loss here this weekend will seal the end of the honeymoon period for Pardew.
The current Magpies manager has no love lost with Latics, the feeling is very mutual as he takes a swipe at our club at every opportunity. He will look at the stats and again be thinking ‘how have the massive Newcastle United, never won at that Wigan’s ground’.
I personally hope he is still saying it after the game as well as he wonders how he is going to drag the North East outfit back from the brink. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Newcastle at all (I have family up there that support them and they are truly great people, if not a little deluded), it is just Pards, I just don’t like his manner.
Even with our absentees, this is a game we will want to take points from, preferably three. With another good performance we will stand a great chance of this, but we need to get behind the team, you only need to look at Wednesday to see what happens when we do.
Head To Head League
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Current League Positions
This Weekend In History
Wigan games from this week in years gone by, click the scores for more:
|01.01.03||Notts County||JJB Stadium||3-1||6,009|
|01.01.90||Mansfield Town||Springfield Park||4-0||2,477|
|01.01.86||Bolton Wanderers||Burnden Park||2-1||9,252|
|02.01.82||Mansfield Town||Field Mill||2-1||2,157|
|1st January 2011|
|West Brom||v||Manchester United|
|2nd January 2011|
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