Free tips Championship: Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United Tip (7.45pm, Weds)
Back Newcastle to win at Wigan with Under 3.5 Goals
Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United Tip:
Newcastle United to win & Under 3.5 Goals @ 6/5 (2.20) with Betfred
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Struggling Wigan Athletic welcome table-topping Newcastle United to the DW Stadium on Wednesday evening, in a game where both teams will be desperate for the points.
The Latics are one off the foot of the table going into this game and have struggled to adjust to life back in the Championship after bouncing back at the first attempt following relegation the season before last.
The current Wigan manager is Warren Joyce, the former Manchester United Under-21 boss. Joyce replaced Gary Caldwell, the former Newcastle United defender, who was sacked just five months after steering the club to promotion. It’s a return of just four points from five games for Joyce at present, so little has changed in terms of results.
The main problem for Wigan has been their inability to score goals, with their paltry total of 16 in 20 matches making them the lowest scoring team in the division. As a consequence, wins have obviously been hard to come by, with just four to their name, including just two from nine games at the DW Stadium.
Newcastle have no such issues in front of goal, with Dwight Gayle (currently the Championship’s leading marksman) having matched Wigan’s season total single-handedly. Overall the Geordies have hit 41 Championship goals.
In addition, as one would expect from a Rafael Benitez team, they’ve also been fairly resolute in defence, with just 16 goals conceded. That’s a record bettered only by Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County.
Newcastle returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 drubbing of Birmingham City on Saturday, following back-to-back Championship defeats against Blackburn Rovers and, in a highly controversial game, Nottingham Forest. Those defeats also sandwiched an EFL Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Premier League Hull City on penalties, so the Birmingham win was a welcome and timely return to form.
A Newcastle win is clearly the expected outcome here, but best odds of 7/10 are not the most appealing for a team on the road. Wigan are a fairly solid outfit defensively, having conceded just 22 goals themselves, so a low-scoring Newcastle win looks the bet.