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02 Dec 2012 16:29:14

Newcastle v Wigan

Barclays Premier League Venue: St James' Park Date: Monday, 3 December Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0) Match Stats Possession 50 50 Shots 0 0 On target 0 0 Corners 0 0 Fouls 0 0 TEAM NEWS Newcastle's growing list of absentees now includes James Perch, who is banned after picking up a fifth booking. Yohan Cabaye, Shola Ameobi (both groin), Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa (both hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) are among those missing. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has rated Gary Caldwell and David Jones at "50-50" to recover from respective knocks. Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, Ivan Ramis and Ben Watson are included in the Latics' own lengthy injury list. MATCH PREVIEW The gold fish bowl that is Monday night football is perhaps the last thing Newcastle and their boss Alan Pardew need right now. The Magpies' wretched five-game winless run during November, including losing each of the last four, has seen them slide from potential challengers for one of the coveted Champions League spots to candidates for relegation. Injuries, suspensions and a first European campaign for five seasons have all taken their toll but Newcastle need to stop the rot, and soon. They will kick-off just ? points clear of the bottom three. LAWRO'S PREDICTION Mark Lawrenson Football Analyst "Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is under a bit of pressure and one or two of his players need to take a look at themselves, because they are the same players who performed so well last season. "I would suggest they need a little bit of luck to get back on track, because they will not find things easy against Wigan, despite the Latics' inconsistency." Read Lawro's full prediction and score Wigan, like Newcastle, will begin proceedings with 14 points from 14 games. The Latics may have lost three of their last four games but they felt they could have got something from their home encounter with Manchester City on Wednesday night - if they had capitalised on the chances that came their way over the opening 60 minutes. It's this Jekyll and Hyde nature of his side that must frustrate manager Roberto Martinez the most and their last two away games encapsulate this, winning 1-0 at Tottenham, then losing 3-0 at Liverpool. If Wigan are in the mood to impress and the Alan Pardew's walking-wounded don't stand up and be counted then the Magpies' poor run might just run into December as well. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head Newcastle have never lost at home to Wigan in seven league and cup games. It's two draws from their last three trips to Tyneside for the Latics. Six of the 12 previous Premier League matches (50%) have finished 1-0 victories. Of these six games both sides have three wins apiece. Newcastle Newcastle have lost their last four league matches - equalling their Premier League record, They last lost four successive matches between Aug - Sep 2008, during their relegation season. Since Alan Pardew signed his new long-term contract the Magpies have won just one of their nine Premier League games (D3 L5). All 14 of Newcastle's Premier League goals this season have been scored by French speakers. The Magpies have scored just seven goals in seven league games at St James' Park this term - Demba Ba (four), Hatem Ben Arfa (two) and Papiss Cisse (one). Wigan Wigan have lost three of their last four matches - conceding nine goals in the process. Going into this latest round of Premier League matches on QPR (nine) had lost more league games than Roberto Martinez's men. Only Aston Villa (three) have scored fewer away Premier League goals than Wigan (four) this season. (CHECK!!!) Three of the Latics' four league wins have come against last season's promoted clubs. The exception being their away win at Tottenham. Share this story Share this page print Featured in this story Football on the BBC More from Football Live Sunday football 02 Dec 2012 Football Live Sunday's Scottish Cup 02 Dec 2012 Scottish Football Watch video Beckham signs off in LA with MLS Cup win 02 Dec 2012 Football Watch video Ferguson angered by poor defending 01 Dec 2012 Man Utd Man Utd face West Ham in FA Cup 02 Dec 2012 FA Cup Live Norwich 2 - 0 Sunderland 30 Nov 2012 Premier League Live Hibernian 0 - 0 Hearts 30 Nov 2012 Scottish Cup Live Cardiff 1 - 0 Sheff Wed 02 Dec 2012 Championship Services Mobile Interactive TV News Feeds Podcasts About BBC Sport News Sources Help & FAQs Editor's Blog BBC links Mobile siteTerms of UseAbout the BBC PrivacyBBC Help CookiesAccessibility Help Parental GuidanceContact Us BBC © 2012 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.


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