Newcastle vs. Wigan Athletic: 5 Key Battles for Magpies and Latics

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Newcastle vs. Wigan Athletic: 5 Key Battles for Magpies and Latics
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Newcastle United have been a surprise top form team this season. Many never would have believed that they would do as well after selling Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton. However, they have emerged stronger than they have looked in years as they sit in fourth place in the Barclay's English Premier League after eight games.

Last weekend's come back draw against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James' Park was one of their most relevant results in so far as it proved that they could come back and win or at least draw at home.

This weekend's match with Wigan Athletic coming to the Toon should be a lock for another three points and a continued unbeaten run. Their match on Saturday will be the first in a run of about six games where they will have to make sure to get results, as following the Latics they will face Stoke City at the Britannia, Everton, Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, Manchester United at Old Trafford and then Chelsea at home.

Without a doubt this is a must-win for the Magpies as they gear up for a tough run of matches that could define their season, and there is no better way for them to start it off than with a trouncing of the Latics in front of the Toon Army.

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