Wigan v Newcastle Pre-Match Preview

December 25 19:29 2007 Print This Article

Mark Viduka hopes his two-goals against Derby will convince Sam Allarydce that he should be a regular starter in United eleven, his season’s tally now raised to five goals from nine starts and now he wants to keep his place after been out of the side since November’s home loss to Liverpool.

“I love playing football and I want to do well for the club and win back my place in the team,” Viduka told the club’s official website.

Having declared he wants to concentrate with United team by ignoring Pim Verbeek’s call for the Socceroos World Cup qualification round, Big Vid now ready for Wigan and will look to added more goals under his name at JJB Stadium. Now it’s just the choice of who will partnering Mark as I believe he will make his start today at Wigan.

Personally I would love to see Big Vid and Smudge in front, but if this is Big Sam plan today I also don’t want to see Martins playing wide again. With Damien available again to make his start, ideally we will go with Duff, Emre, Barton and Milner in midfield, to give more attacking Newcastle United side.

In this case, Big Sam will have to sacrifice United’s skipper Geremi sit on the bench again. If he decide to do defensive style (again) then I can see Geremi return in midfield, with Milner set to left while Duff and Martins waiting on the bench.

In defence, Sam Allardyce will have Abdoulaye Faye fit again, Carr is also can make a comeback but I would leave him to rest for a little more time, at least until next year. Steven Taylor I predict will make a start with Cacapa in center, while Zog and Beye on left and right full-back.

Goalkeeper, to be honest I’d like to see Steve Harper make his 100th career league appearance. Shay looks little bit out performed recently.

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