Written by Stephen Hopper
This Wednesday will see Newcastle United travel to Wigan Athletic in the Championship. Wigan over the years has been some what of an unhappy hunting ground for the Magpies, although Wigan have won only once in 5 games since their new manager took charge in October. Newcastle however are coming off the back of a dominant display against Birmingham City at the weekend winning the game 4-0 with their star striker grabbing a Hat trick.
Newcastle are favourites for automatic promotion back to the premier league and were very impressive against Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City who never got going at St James Park. United have a very strong squad to choose from against a struggling Wigan side and I can only see a Magpies victory. The Magpies themselves having only won once in four games.
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Wigan may go with Irishman Will Grigg up front to try and cause problems for a very solid United back line. United will not take this game lightly and will be expected to work extremely hard for all 3 points. With no fresh injury concerns for United, manager Rafa Benitez will be as expected to put out a strong side to keep the pressure on Chris Hughton’s high flying Brighton.
Tomorrow’s man in the middle will be Simon Hopper who has so far this campaign been in charge of 19 fixtures brandishing 69 yellow cards and 1 red. Although the official was in charge in our opening day defeat at Craven Cottage against Fulham.
Wigan’s Reece Burke is ruled out of tomorrows fixture and Luke Garbutt looks to come in to fill the void left by Burke. Garbutt has not played there so this could be an area where United could exploit his vulnerability with the pacey Matt Ritchie or Christian Atsu. This appears to be the only change Latics manager Joyce appears to have forced upon him.
Newcastle United are taking a large number of supporters to the DW Stadium believed to be in the region of 4,800 supporters who once again are travelling in force to support the team. Newcastle will be boosted by the news that goalkeeper Rob Elliot played his first competitive game for United’s Under 23 side on Monday night, offering further competition to the impressive Karl Darlow.
Wigan manager Warren Joyce has spoken about the threat of United’s Dwight Gayle”Yes you do of course, you know all about his pace and the way he wants to get behind you, you know all about him”. Gayle is in fine goal scoring form scoring an impressive 16 goals and an assist in 20 league and cup games.
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