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Wigan v Newcastle: Three Changes

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Manager Alan Pardew has made three changes to his Newcastle line-up for Sunday's Premier League fixture at Wigan

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the DW Stadium


Manager Alan Pardew has made three changes to his Newcastle United line-up for Sunday afternoon's Barclays Premier League fixture away at Wigan Athletic (4pm kick-off).

Returning are French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran, who were both ineligible for the Magpies' midweek Europa League triumph over Anzhi Makhachkala, while Argentine Jonas Gutierrez also steps up in place of injured midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

United will also revert back to their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with Papiss Cisse - scorer of two injury-time winners in the space of five days - leading the line on his own.

The Senegalese hot shot, who has ten goals to his name this term, will be supported by Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko and Gouffran, while captain-for-the-day Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote will anchor the visitors' midfield.

At the back, goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be protected by a defence of Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon.

On the substitutes' bench, there is a place for midfielder Dan Gosling, who has suffered an injury-hit time on Tyneside and last appeared in the top flight in April 2011.

Gosling joins Steve Harper, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan and Shola Ameobi among the replacements.

Wigan are unchanged, naming the same line-up which beat Everton last weekend to secure a first ever FA Cup semi-final spot for the Latics.

Boss Roberto Martinez keeps faith with young winger Callum McManaman, handing the 21-year-old his full Premier League debut.


Wigan (3-4-3): Joel Robles; Antolin Alcaraz, Paul Scharner, Maynor Figueroa; Emmerson Boyce (c), Jordi Gomez, James McCarthy, Jean Beausejour; Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney

Substitutes: Ali Al Habsi, Ronnie Stam, Roman Golobart, Gary Caldwell, James McArthur, Franco Di Santo, Angelo Henriquez


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Steve Harper, Massadio HaidaraJames Perch, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi


Referee: Mark Halsey (Greater Manchester)