Newcastle v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Magpies to keep visitors at bay

15:00/Apr 01

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Championship match between Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic.

Title chasers Newcastle United host relegation candidates Wigan Athletic in this rather one-sided looking Championship clash.

Newcastle may still be top of the league but they have actually been having a pretty bad time of late with no wins in their last three. Although they are only one point clear of Brighton in 2nd, more importantly, they are seven points ahead of Huddersfield Town who are 3rd and so automatic promotion looks a certainty with just eight game to go.

The Toon Army have the league’s best statistics at both ends of the pitch with 70 goals scored and just 32 conceded in 38 matches. However, during their recent rotten run, they have scored just one goal in three. Having said that, they have also kept two clean sheets.

Rafa Benitez’s men lost their last home match against play-off chasing Fulham which put their seven game unbeaten run at home to an end. Surprisingly, despite their decent run prior to that defeat, Newcastle have not actually been that good at home over the course of the campaign and their points haul of 35 from 18 matches at St James’s Park is only the seventh-best home record in the Championship.

Wigan are on a terrible run at the moment with three losses in their last four matches and just one win since Valentine’s Day. This puts them down in 23rd and a huge seven points off safety. Survival now looks almost impossible.

Going forward has been the main problem for the Lactics this season and they are the league’s lowest goalscorers with just 31 goals in 38 matches. This has not improved whatsoever at the business end of the season with just one goal scored in their last five matches. Defensively though, Wigan have actually been pretty sound with their record of 44 goals against even better than play-off hopefuls Fulham and Reading whilst they have also kept clean sheets in 32% of their league matches. They have kept clean sheets in the last four matches they have picked up points from.

New manager Graham Barrow has yet to take charge of an away game but Wigan actually won their last match on their travels at struggling Birmingham City. Interestingly, the 2013 FA Cup winners have taken more points on their travels than they have at home – 19 as opposed to 15.

Although Newcastle are having a slump at the moment and are not that good at home, I think there will only be one winner here given Wigan’s terrible form. I doubt the Lactics poor front-line will be able to penetrate this Newcastle defence and so expect the home side to win whilst keeping a clean sheet which can be had at 21/20.

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