After using the 12-day FA Cup break to recharge the batteries and sweep aside Stoke City in emphatic style last week, Newcastle are the visitors to the DW Stadium where they can make it a magnificent seven wins in a row, at the expense of relegation battlers Wigan Athletic.

Alan Pardew’s incredible run of results has attracted widespread media attention and you don’t have to go far to find a journalist or fan who is backing Newcastle for Champions League qualification, rather than a Europa League berth. The possibility remains a very real one though, if the Geordies can hang on to 4th place in the Premier League table. May 19th could be a pivotal day in the outcome too, as Chelsea can clinch the Champions League trophy and ensure that 4th place would not qualify for the competition and drop into the Europa League instead. On May 19th, every Geordie is an adopted Bavarian.

As for Wigan, they looked destined for the Championship after failing to pick up enough points to fight their way out of the tight relegation battle. However, their usual end-of-season surge in form has timed itself to perfection, as they have taken maximum points from their games against Arsenal and Man United. They now sit just above the drop zone and look the most likely to perform another Houdini-like escape.

Every remaining Newcastle game this season has sold out, meaning some away fans could turn up in Wigan’s home end tomorrow, thanks to the Latics’ being largely unable to fill out their own stadium on a regular basis. Our advice if you plan on doing this is to not wear too obvious colours and try not to cause any trouble!

There could be a first ever Newcastle start for Sylvain Marveaux, after the former Rennes winger was able to train with the first team for the last fortnight, after finally recovering from a long-term injury. Fellow French wide man Gabriel Obertan is also available, as well as Danny Guthrie.

Haris Vuckic, Steven Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands are all still out though, and the Dane looks likely to have played his last game in black and white, as his contract expires at the end of the season and first team football doesn’t look likely as Alan Pardew will undoubtedly strengthen his squad in the summer for the upcoming European ventures.

As for Wigan, they are without Franco Di Santo and Albert Crusat, although Shaun Maloney and Hugo Rodallega are expected to be available. Maloney in particular has been one of the main reasons behind Wigan’s recent upsurge in form and it was his 20-yard curler that downed Manchester United a fortnight ago.

A win for Newcastle could take them level on points with Arsenal in third place, although the Gunners’ superior goal difference will ensure they hang on to that place for another week at least. If Wigan can pull off a win they can do a lot to preserve their Premier League status for another year at least, although with just 15 goals scored at home this season, the Magpies are expected to record their 7th win in a row with ease.