PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Newcastle v Wigan – as it happens from St James' Park
20:02 GMT, 3 December 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Wigan at St James' Park to conclude the weekend's fixtures. Alan Pardew will hope to arrest a slide which has seen his team slip to four successive defeats, while the Latics will aim for three points to move above the Toon in the table.
Newcastle 0 Wigan 0
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Gutierrez, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux; Ba, Cisse.
Subs: Harper, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Ranger, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.
Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa; Stam, McCarthy, Gomez, Jones, Beausejour; Di Santo, Kone.
Subs: Pollitt, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Lopez, Golobart.
1 min: Close! Tiote unleashes a drive from 25 yards and the ball flies just wide of Al-Habsi's right-hand post with only 20 seconds on the clock.
1 min: We're under way…
7.58pm: The players are out and Wigan are wearing red for the first-time since their promotion season way back in 2004-05…
7.55pm: Not long now until kick-off and I'm looking forward to seeing how these two sides will line up. We'll see a back four from Newcastle and a back three from Wigan but in front of that both managers have room to manouevre… Pardew could opt to play a traditional 4-4-2 or he could operate with Cisse on one flank and Marveaux alongside Anita and Tiote in the middle to try and match up with Wigan's engine room. The Latics will probably have Gomez playing slightly ahead of Jones and McCarthy but Jones can also operate a left wing back, which would free up Beausejour to operate in a more attacking role in support of the big man Di Santo. We shall see…
7.45pm: We should be guaranteed a game full of attacking intent tonight. Wigan are never a team to sit back and Newcastle's fans demand will demand they attack at home.
7.35pm: This has to be one of the worst runs Newcastle have been on since Alan Pardew took over. Last season's manager of the year sees his side sitting 12 points off the fifth place that they finished in last season, but they surely couldn't ask for a much kinder fixture to get their season back on track. Wigan have never won at St James' in seven attempts and have lost three of their last four games.
7.25pm: Wigan have injury problems of their own, especially at the back where both Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz are missing. Midfielders Albert Crusat and Ben Watson are both out too but we can still expect the usual 3-5-2 from Roberto Martinez's side with Stam and Beausejour as the wing backs.
7.20pm: The teams are in and it looks like 4-4-2 for Newcastle, who have Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa all missing through injury.
7.15pm: The home side are languishing in the bottom half of the table after a run of five games without a win and will be desperate for a victory to kickstart a stuttering season.
7.10pm: Good evening everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Newcastle v Wigan from St James' Park.
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