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Monday, 03 December 2012

Newcastle United v Wigan: Can Pardew get back to winning ways?


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Newcastle v Wigan

Newcastle United have lost four in a row and start today level on points with Wigan Athletic. Can Alan Pardew get back to winning ways or will Roberto Martinez win their third away game of the season and move away from the drop zone?

Since giving Alan Pardew a long-term contract, the Mags have gone backwards. They have managed just one league win since September and even that was courtesy of a last-minute deflection against West Brom. Have rival teams worked out Newcastle's game or has Pardew lost his magic? Whatever it is, Newcastle need a result and they need it soon.

Wigan Athletic gave the champions Manchester City a real test on Monday night but ended the game empty-handed. But they have won three of their last six outings and are starting to play the football we all know they can.

This will be the 13th league meeting between the two sides and the honours are split right down the middle. Wigan thrashed Newcastle 4-0 last season but they have never won at St James'. Is this the day Martinez makes Wigan history or will Pardew get back to winning ways? Our pundits can only see one winner.

Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic; Kick Off 8pm December 3 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

2

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

1

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

0

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA    

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

0

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

3

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

3

V

2

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 18; Draw: 13; Away: 2. TBA 1.

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