Two sides desperate for points for very different reasons meet at The DW Stadium on Saturday when relegation strugglers Wigan take on a Newcastle side hopeful of Champions League football next season, as Alan Pardew’s men look more than a hint of value at 6/4 with Paddy Power.
Wigan were defeated by Fulham at Craven Cottage last time out and despite massive wins against Manchester United and Arsenal prior to this, they still find themselves just one point clear of the bottom three.
Roberto Martinez will know there is still a lot of work for his side to do, especially with Bolton, the team below them, having a game in hand.
Martinez will be looking at his sides run of games from now until the end of the campaign and will be confident they can stay in the top flight for another year. They face Blackburn and Wolves after this weekend’s fixture.
The Latics do go into this game in a good run of form, winning four of their last six matches. They have also lost just once in their last six encounters at The DW Stadium.
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As for Newcastle, they are the form side in the league at the moment, winning their last six games. This run of results has seen Alan Pardew’s side move into fourth position, just three points adrift of third place Arsenal with a game in hand.
It has been a truly remarkable effort from Pardew and his men, however they will know that lots of hard work is still come in these final four games.
The Magpies have to face Chelsea and Manchester City in their run in at the end of the season, though with the form they are in it will be games they are relishing rather than dreading.
Papiss Cisse was yet again on the score sheet in the 3-0 victory over Stoke last time out. The Senegalese striker has now scored nine goals in six Premier League games.
Newcastle were 1-0 winners when these two sides met earlier in the season with in form midfielder Yohan Cabaye getting the goal.
This has the making of a fantastic game on Saturday afternoon with both teams wanting to take all three points to keep their respective ambitions for the campaign alive. Kick-off is at 3pm.