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Newcastle United
vs.
Wigan Athletic

St. James' Park

16/10/10

3pm

Roberto Martinez takes his Latics team to the North East determined to hang on to an excellent away record this season, in 3 league and cup games It`s two wins and one draw with no goals conceded.

That record will be put to the test this afternoon with Newcastle trying to get back on track following a decent start to the season they have lost their last two league games, so today should see them come at the Latics with all guns blazing.

Martinez will have some selection dilemmas ahead of the game, Jordi Gomez performed well against Wolves and scored a stunning free-kick, Tom Cleverley has made himself available for selection following his two good performances for the Under 21`s this week.

Add to this Diame, McCarthy, Watson, Moses, Stam, Thomas and McArthur also vying for the midfield places then the boss has some serious choices to make.

Up front is another area that could see a change, Rodallega, Boselli and Di Santo will all be wanting to run the Latics front line, Di Santo could get the nod with Hugo playing out wide.

If Alcaraz fails his fitness test expect to see one of the Caldwell brothers step in, otherwise it should be as you were.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'They have got a group of players with great experience in the Premier League enjoying a great period in their careers.

'They are really hard to play against, hard to break down'

'I`ve watched them four times now this season and in every game they were the better side but didn`t always get the result that they deserved'

'They have got a great team ethic, a great togetherness and a few individuals who are world class'

'St. James Park is a football environment that we will have to be ready to perform in'

Newcastle United Team News:

Guthrie & Simpson are both classed as doubtful due to lack of fitness, whilst Best, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Harper and Steven Taylor are all out

Newcastle from:

Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Nolan, Carroll, Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith

Player to watch: Andy Carroll

A lot's been said about the big striker, it'll be interesting to see if he lives up to the hype.

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Antolin Alcaraz is rated 50/50 otherwise its a fit squad to choose from:

Latics from:

Al Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Thomas, Diame, Gomez, N'Zogbia, Di Santo, Watson, Rodallega, Kirkland, Boselli, Moses, Steven Caldwell, Gary Caldwell, Cleverley

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia

Interesting to see how Charlie reacts to the boos he will undoubtedly recieve also intersting to see how the Geordies react to seeing Charlie play in his 'true' position

Any Previous?

Latics and Newcastle have met on 11 previous occasions

Latics 5 wins, Newcastle 4 wins, draws 2

Last Six Meetings

26/12/2008 - Premier League - Latics 2 Newcastle 1
15/11/2008 - Premier League - Newcastle 2 Latics 2
26/12/2007 - Premier League - Latics 1 Newcastle 0
01/09/2007 - Premier League - Newcastle 1 Latics 0
25/02/2007 - Premier League - Latics 1 Newcastle 0
19/08/2006 - Premier League - Newcastle 2 Latics 1

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Why not take a look at our excellent Meet The Ref article

Match Prediction:

Heart says 1-0 Latics win

Head says 1-1 draw, a close game either way

Up Next:

Premier League

Latics v Bolton Wanderers
DW Stadium
23/10/2010
3pm

Carling Cup

Latics v Swansea City
DW Stadium
26/10/2010
7:45pm


Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday October 16 2010
Time: 9:18AM

Comments

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Close game, maybe we could just nick it.
worbo
16/10/2010 09:25:00
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Competition for places is something we really missed last season.
centrelink1
16/10/2010 13:19:00
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Competition for places is something we really missed last season.
centrelink1
16/10/2010 13:19:00
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