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FOLLOWING their emphatic victory against Everton on Saturday, Wigan return to Premier League action when they host Newcastle.

Lactics are on a good run of form of late, winning three of their last four.

Roberto Martinez’s men are best priced at 11/8 with Sky Bet with the draw available at 11/5 with Betfred. Newcastle have won just one of their last six to the DW and are available at 11/5 with Betfred for the away win.

Wigan hit man Arouna Kone is the Lactic’s top scorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions and is best priced at 11/2 with bet365 to open the scoring. Punters may look to back the Ivorian to score anytime which is available at 11/8 with Sky Bet.

A Wigan win and Kone to score any time is available at 9/4 with the same bookie. Interestingly, Maynor Figueroa (below) has scored two in his last three for the Lactics and is available at 28/1 to score first or 16/1 to score anytime with bwin.

Leading odds comparison site oddschecker.com can reveal that Wigan’s last 7 games have all resulted in +2.5 goals, an option available at 4/5 with Bet Victor.

Newcastle have scored just two goals in their last six visits to the DW Stadium and Wigan to win with a clean sheet is best priced at 16/5 with Boylesports.

Elsewhere in the Premier League this weekend, Reading travel to Old Trafford in a game which could be pivotal at both ends of the table.

Man United are clear favourites at 1/6 with Sky Bet. Reading are available at 400/19 with pinnacle with the draw best priced at 39/5 with the same bookie.

Reading, who are currently without a manager, have lost 23 points from leading positions so far this season.

Man United to come from behind and draw or win is available at 5/1 with William Hill.

Wayne Rooney has scored three in his last three against Reading and is 10/3 to score first with Coral and 4/5 to score any time with the same bookie.

Another game that will catch the eye this weekend is when Aston Villa take on QPR at Villa Park.

A QPR win will take them three points behind Villa however a Villa win will take them nine points clear of Harry Redknapps men.

Paul Lambert’s men are available at 5/4 for the home win with Coral whilst the draw is best priced at 27/11 with Pinnacle. An Away win for QPR is available at 38/15 with Pinnacle, an options punters may look to back following their impressive 3-1 win against Sunderland.