Pardew - Stop Frightening The Kids With That Beard!
Wigan are poised to begin their traditional end of season escape act ... but not if the Magpies have their way.
The problem is Wigan have a very decent record against the Toon on their own patch.
Wigan's position in the relegation zone is wholly predictable but they have shown plenty in recent weeks to have Ladbrokes give them odds of 5/4 to pick up all three points today.
They saw off Everton 3-0 in their last clash and also defeated Reading 3-0 less than a month ago.
Admittedly they were thrashed 4-0 by an increasingly impressive Liverpool but that was very much their reserve side as they were looking to their FA Cup tie at Goodison.
Apart from Alan Pardew's beard there's been precious little to worry about for the Magpies in recent weeks but they haven't exactly been smashing them in away from St James' Park.
They haven't scored in either of their last two away games and have hit just two in their previous seven matches at Wigan. However, the Latics' do 'boast' the worst home defence in the Premier League.
In fact, they have lost six of their previous seven games at the DW Stadium and have been defeated in seven of their last nine Premier League away games.
Newcastle are available at 21/10 to get all three points.
As for that beard - WTF?
He said he was going to grow it when we were drawn to play in the Ukraine in the Europa League: "They like beards in Eastern Europe."
Aaaah well. That's what the man said.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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