In five Premier League games at St James’ Park, Wigan have gained just two points and with Newcastle unbeaten this season their chances of improving that record don’t appear great.
However, they do carry a goal threat, only failing to score in two of their last 20 games, and they secured a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season.
Charles N’Zogbia got both their goals that game, but with the winger now at Aston Villa, Roberto Martinez will look to Hugo Rodallega and Franco di Santo to fire them to victory.
The two strikers have enjoyed mixed fortunes this season, with last year’s top scorer, Rodallega, failing to register so far while the Italian scored three in the first five games for his best-ever start to a Premier League campaign.
Rodallega’s lack of goals is not for want of trying, having shot 11 times (to follow 142 last season – the third highest in the league) and he’s well priced at 2/1 with bwin to break his duck this weekend.
Over two-thirds of his goals last season were opening strikes, making his odds of 7/1 in the first goalscorer market another good option, as are those of 8/1 for Di Santo to score first for the third time this season.
New customers using the ₤25 free bet they receive when signing up to a bwin account would win ₤200 if Rodallega opens the scoring or ₤225 if Di Santo does.
Newcastle’s unbeaten start has been built on defence, conceding less than a goal-a-game and if they keep another clean sheet Alan Pardew can look to in-form Demba Ba, Leon Best or Shola Ameobi to get a winner.
Ba has five goals in three games (more than any Premier League player) meaning he’s 9/10 to score anytime, but punters looking for value can get 16/1 for the Senegalese to get his second hat-trick of the season.
His strike partner, Best, has three goals this season and is 7/5 to score anytime with Ameobi 9/2 to follow up his late equaliser against Tottenham by again scoring last.
New customers can register here to claim their free £25 bet or click here to see all our Premier League odds.
Follow us on Twitter @bwinbetting