The Newcastle team v Wigan has just been announced.

Rafa Benitez making 2 changes from the side that drew at St. Andrew’s.

Dwight Gayle replaces Daryl Murphy as the lone striker.

Meanwhile Jonjo Shelvey comes back into the middle of the pitch, with Diame pushing up behind Gayle, as Perez drops to the bench.

Isaac Hayden comes backs from injury and takes a place on the bench.

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle


Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic

Newcastle v Wigan Match Betting:

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Newcastle to lead 2-0 at half-time 6/1Gayle to score in both halves 11/2 Draw HT and Newcastle win FT 17/5

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  • TheNutJob

    the weak areas in the team are there for all to see, Anita, Colback,Diame, & Gouffran. yet we`ll still win because of the class in Jonjo, Mat & Dwight

    • magpiefifer

      Hope you’re right NutJob!
      Too many weak areas for my liking.

      • Damon Horner

        Weak compared to Wigan?

        • magpiefifer

          No,just weaker than we might be!

          • Andy Mac

            The No 10 role is up for grabs as no one in the squad can handle it and Colback shouldnt be anywhere near the first XI

  • Andy Mac

    “Newcastle 0-0 Wigan Wigan have started relatively well at St James’ Park, as Jamaal Lascelles does well to stop the Latics’ Michael Jacobs getting in on
    goal. The early exchanges are being carried out in the hosts’ half”

    Why does this happen ?

    • Jezza

      1-1 now. What a shambles.

  • Andy Mac

    Why the F are we playing “hit them on the break” football at home to a team 2nd from bottom ? I just cannot get my head around this at all !

  • Damon Horner

    3 points clear at the top to the live league and this site still had lots of tears and obsessing over bad moments. Mad.

    • Andy Mac

      We’re playing at home to the team 2nd from bottom yet we’re waiting to hit them on the break ? Just prior to Ritchie’s goal they had a free header from six yards out ! That’s what’s mad !

      • Damon Horner

        Keegan days are long gone mate. This is Rafa, this is how he plays, you’ll be irritated for a long time if you can’t adapt.

        • Andy Mac

          I’m well aware that Rafa is wedded to one up front but I’m also aware we’ve torn teams apart this season with that solitary striker. However yesterday we were at home to Wigan not Barca or Real Madrid.

          Most of the players have just had two weeks off from playing competitive football yet yesterday we allowed Wigan the freedom to move and attack in the first half and almost claw their way back into the game in the second.

          Why on earth cant we press high up the pitch at home with pace and width and let the opposition worry about us for a change ?

  • Andy Mac

    They say a win is a win but there surely has to be a better way to play at home ? Unless Rafa thinks his squad is so knackered that there’s only one way we can play now ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    we wont last 5mins in the prem with that lot