Wigan v Newcastle United
Saturday 28 April 2012 3pm
This six match winning run is incredible and if it stretches to seven against Wigan, it will equal our previous best in the Premier League.
Maybe Wigan sum up the strengths and weaknesses of English football, a team that looked dead and buried a couple of months ago and then in their last six matches, playing really good football, they have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and should have won at Chelsea.
Tricky opponents but no team is in better form than United, six in six at this stage of the season is beyond any realistic dreams.
Statistics are only one part of the jigsaw but 3 wins and only 15 goals at home all season tells you why they are battling relegation. At the other end they have improved immeasurably in recent times, conceding 12 in the last 12 premier league games, having leaked 48 in the opening 23 matches.
One time Newcastle target, Victor Moses, looks an exciting prospect and United are rumoured to be considering a bid once again, but the truth is that they just don’t score enough with their top scorer on a shocking five goals.
Newcastle broke the spell cast by five successive defeats at the DW Stadium on our last visit, plus a major tormentor of those times is now in black & white , Ryan Taylor having scored four goals against United while at Wigan.
With Cisse scoring freely & the likes of Ba/Ben Arfa also looking the part, as well as a defence now having gone 398 minutes without conceding, why wouldn’t you be feeling confident?
Cabaye is currently on top form and rates as our most creative (1.6 chances created per match) AND most effective at tackling (making 3.4 successful tackles on average per match), even ahead of Cheick Tiote who returned against Stoke.
Alan Pardew will have drilled into the team not to be complacent, after that we only need a normal run of luck.
Exciting times and not a single player who isn’t earning his money on the pitch. Enjoy.
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Last time we suggested Newcastle to beat Stoke 3-0 and if you’d backed with Betfair you could have got 16-1, much better than any other online bookmaker.
At the time of putting this together the prices on offer for our recommended bets are Newcastle to win 3-0 (33-1), Newcastle to keep a clean sheet (just over 5-2) and Hatem Ben Arfa to score the first goal (11-1), once again all prices better than any other online bookmaker.
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