Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan Vs Newcastle - Happy Christmas!

Wigan Vs Newcastle - Happy Christmas!

One thing that strikes me about this game is that its going to be a physical, heavily contested game. Newcastle have not lost in two and Joe Kinnear is doing a marvellous job up at the Toon. All credit to him, I say.

Steve Bruce has also done a marvellous job at Wigan and the club are in a healthy position of 11th but have an opportunity to really move up the table with victory against Newcastle.

Fans of Newcastle won't like me mentioning the fact they have a dire record at the JJB Stadium but that's not to say the record cannot be turned around because this is football and is very unpredictable which makes it irresistibly fascinating.

Obefami Martins is out for Newcastle so Shola Ameobi may partner Michael Owen up front and these two men are hot spots so Wigan's defence will need to be on its guard.

Newcastle will have to be wary of Emile Heskey and Amr Zaki who also know how to find the back of the net in style - Heskey's goal against Blackburn, whilst not a wonder goal, was a great finish and its nice to see the big fella find his shooting boots and also the fact he's more than likely going to remain at the club until the end of the season.

Steve Bruce's charges know this is a game against a number of teams slugging it out in the relegation mix and that a win would really do the club the world of good but Joe Kinnear knows how valuable a point or a win would also be as it would move Newcastle away from danger as well and allow them to build on their recent good form.

Two clubs in decent form, wanting the points for the same reason, should be an entertaining battle at the JJB Stadium.

PLAYER TO WATCH: WIGAN: EMILE HESKEY

Emile will want to show the world why he's still got what it takes and as he's moving on, will want to enhance his reputation with a sparkling performance against Newcastle.

PLAYER TO WATCH: NEWCASTLE: MICHAEL OWEN

Michael Owen is legend and he will be a threat all by himself so Wigan will need to be on their utmost guard to foil the threat.

ROB'S PREDICTION:

Two teams slugging it out for points to rejuvinate their table position, this is a real football battle and I can't see either team separating the other here so I am going to go for a draw. Both teams I think will go for it.

Wigan 1 Newcastle 1

FINAL THOUGHTS

Lets hope its a good christmas break for the Latics and that they can beat the Toon. Ryan Taylor, get your shooting boots back on, lad. You've got the jinx on the Newcastle team so make it four in a row and let the Latics fans all have a merry christmas. Can Ryan Taylor do the business again? Lets hope so.

Happy Christmas and a happy new year to all!

Do you agree with the above prediction and report? Why not have your say on the message board.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Robin
Date:Monday December 22 2008
Time: 2:43PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Mike Towell – RIP

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Comments

0
3-1 to the Latics, Newcastle are bobbins and Kinnear is an idiot
worbo
22/12/2008 17:49:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Stats: Brentford v Wigan Athletic

All the stats from Brentford (0) vs (0) Wigan Athletic, Griffin Park, 01/10/16 3pm Att: 9,547

The Team Sheets - Brentford v Wigan Athletic

The team sheets have been handed in at Griffin Park and Grigg is back in the starting line-up for the Latics as is Jacobs, Wildschut and Le Fondre dropping down to the bench

Brentford v Latics - Big Game Preview

A difficult game for the Latics this afternoon as they travel down to Brentford, the Bees have been scoring for fun so far at this campaign on their home turf, but we need to build upon a good win against Wolves on Tuesday and turn around our away form.

The Latics pulled out of the bottom three courtesy of Will Grigg's late, late winner, Grigg was of course signed for the Latics from Brentford, where some say he wasn't given much of a chance under Mark Warburton, so he will be eager to go

What The Bosses Say - Brentford v Wigan Athletic

In the build up to the game both managers have been speaking to the media about the game, let's take a look at what they have been saying:

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Game Winners?
Suggested By: Natalie Sawyer
Latics20%
Brentford40%
Draw40%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 10 6 2 2 20 5
3 Newcastle 10 6 1 3 19 11
4 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
5 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
6 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
7 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
8 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
9 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Moonay9
2.jeffs right7
3.Barry W7
4.king_dezeeuw062
5.DRAGNET2
6.ZAKKY1
7.won1facup1
8.wiganfanfrank1
9.Taff571
10.scotdave1