By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United entertain Wigan Athletic on Monday night in the Barclays Premier League.
The Magpies will be looking to end a run of four successive top flight defeats, while Wigan went down to champions Manchester City last time out.
When the sides met last season it was honours even. Newcastle triumped 1-0 on Tyneside thanks to a Yohan Cabaye strike, while the Latics got their revenge with a 4-0 win at the DW Stadium at the end of April.
Monday's game is only the 16th match between the two clubs, and 13th in the Premier League.
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April 28, 2012 - Wigan 4 (Moses 13, 15; Maloney 36, Di Santo 45) Newcastle 0
Wigan (3-4-3): Ali Al Habsi; Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell, Maynor Figueroa; Emmerson Boyce, James McCarthy, James McArthur, Jean Beausejour; Victor Moses (Jordi Gomez 83), Franco Di Santo (Conor Sammon 68), Shaun Maloney
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (James Perch 81), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 73), Yohan Cabaye (Shane Ferguson 83), Demba Ba; Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v WIGAN
P15 W6 D3 L6 F18 A20
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLDLLD
Wigan - LWLLWL
Newcastle (v Stoke City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Sammy Ameobi 87), Cheick Tiote, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Nile Ranger 87), Demba Ba
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux
Wigan (v Manchester City, Premier League): Ali Al Habsi; Emmerson Boyce, Adrian Lopez, Maynor Figueroa; Ronnie Stam (Callum McManaman 90), James McCarthy, Jordi Gomez, David Jones (James McArthur 74), Jean Beausejour; Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo
Not used: Mike Pollitt, Roman Golobart, Fraser Fyvie, Daniel Redmond, Mauro Boselli
Newcastle - James Perch serves a one-game suspension following his fifth booking of the season at Stoke, but the Magpies could be boosted by the return of striker Shola Ameobi to the substitutes' bench. Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Gabriel Obertan (toe), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are all sidelined.
Wigan - Defender Gary Caldwell (hamstring) and midfielder David Jones (calf) are both doubtful for Monday's game, while Albert Crusat (knee), Ben Watson (broken leg), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), Shaun Maloney (groin), Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) are all ruled out.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We have to find a new way to win games as we have a lot of creative imagination in the team. I thought we went about it the right way at Stoke with a real tough, disciplined display, and on another night we would have got a result. The players put absolutely everything into that and they will have to do the same again on Monday."
Roberto Martinez, Wigan manager: "We need to be aware of Newcastle's quality. It hasn't been an easy run for Newcastle in terms of results, which makes it a very dangerous time to play them. They've got two strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse that have had a very powerful impact on games. We will give them and their teama lot of respect."
Mike Jones (Cheshire) - 2012/13 record: 12 games, 33 yellow cards, no red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Titus Bramble, Steven Caldwell, Fitz Hall, Charles N'Zogbia, Micky Quinn, Antoine Sibierski, Patrick van Aanholt
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DID YOU KNOW?
Wigan have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League this season - four.