It has been just 14 points accrued from 14 matches to date and the Magpies come into Monday’s match off the back of four straight defeats, with the latest of these coming at Stoke where Newcastle took the lead only to be undone by two late Stoke goals.
With a difficult run of fixtures approaching, three points have never been more valuable and the bookies offer a best price 21/20 (bet365 £200 free bets) about the home team delighting the season ticket holders at St James’ Park with a much-needed victory which would move them away from the relegation zone.
Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor are the notable absentees for the Tyneside team, although they still have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in attack and the former could potentially get on the goal trail after breaking the deadlock at the Britannia Stadium.
Cisse is an 11/2 chance (Sky Bet bookmaker) to break the deadlock in this match although one wonders if Newcastle can really be trusted at even money against a side capable of coming away with the three points themselves.
Wigan have won at White Hart Lane and St Mary’s this season, although Roberto Martinez’s team are proving to be typically erratic and have actually lost as many as eight games this season.
Even so, the pressure won’t be on the visitors’ shoulders on Monday night and the sole aim was always going to be survival as per usual, with the Latics on offer at 3/1 (Blue Square) to inflict a fifth consecutive defeat on their opponents.