Predicted Newcastle United Line-Up v Wigan
Sunday 17 March 2013 4pm Live On SKY
Alan Pardew will be doing everything he can to make sure there is no complacency from his team today.
Wins for Villa and Southampton yesterday have tightened things at the bottom and the mackems play Norwich in advance of our match so at least one of them will get something.
A nine point gap to the bottom three looks comfortable but Pardew won’t want that becoming six with a Wigan win (Wigan have only won 2 at home all season so 5/2 Newcastle looks great value).
Having already confirmed Papiss Cisse will start and Debuchy and Gouffran going to come back in, who will miss out?
While I’d never be surprised to see the manager put James Perch into a holding role, I think Alan Pardew will want to retain both Marveaux (5/1 to score a goal) and Jonas in the team. If you take it that Gouffran, Tiote and Sissoko are also certain starters then you’d expect to see Jonas in a more holding role in midfield allowing Goufran to come in on the left where he has done so well.
This of course is with the assumption that Yohan Cabaye doesn’t start, with mixed messages surrounding his fitness after Thursday I think the odd are against him being in the starting eleven. (Cabaye has been class but his corners have been average at best, though Newcastle have had no problems winning corners, so NUFC first to 7 corners at 19/5 looks decent)
I also expect Santon to return to his more favoured right side, with Haidara and Anita dropping out. The Dutch midfielder did ok against Anzhi but he is looking a bit lost in terms of having a natural position in this set-up.
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