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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Wigan v Newcastle United: The Mags aim to avenge 4-0 drubbing


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Wins for Aston Villa and Southampton yesterday has put extra pressure on Wigan Athletic to beat Newcastle United this afternoon.

The Latics start the day six points adrift of safety, although they do have two games in hand, but are Roberto Martinez's men, who blew Everton away last weekend in the FA Cup, about to finally lose their top flight status? Not if history is anything to go by.

Wigan Athletic have dominated Newcastle United at the DW Stadium in the Premier League era. The Mags have only left Wigan with maximum points once courtesy of a single goal by Shola Ameobi in 2011. In fact, they have only managed two goals at the DW Stadium, with Danny Guthrie scoring a penalty in a 2-1 defeat in 2008, so this looks like another home win for the hosts.

However, you'd be mad to write off Newcastle. They have won five of their past seven league outings and booked their place in the last eight of the Europa League. But in saying that, they have only won once on their travels this season - against Aston Villa.

Wigan blew Newcastle out of the water last season with a convincing 4-0 thrashing at the DW and it's usually about now that the Latics start to hit form. If they can repeat the performance they put in at Goodison last weekend then we all know where the points are heading, but Wigan have never been predictable.

Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United; Kick Off 4pm March 17 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

0

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

3

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

2

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

3

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

TBA    

V    

TBA

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 12; Draw: 10; Away: 10. TBA 2.

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