The importance of a return to winning ways for Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United side simply cannot be underestimated after their 4-0 thumping of Birmingham City. 

With Brighton moving ahead of the Magpies for a while, putting three losses in a week behind them was vital as those from the second city rolled into town was a huge boost mentally.

Well, with the typically frantic festive period showing no signs of letting up, the trip to the DW Stadium is another test for the head.

The Toon Army have a dreadful recent history at Wigan, who always seem to represent a banana skin for the Tyneside titans.

It’s the first time Newcastle have returned to this ground since that game back in 2013 that saw Callum McManaman commit THAT tackle on Massadio Haidara.

So, with all this in mind, here’s the Toon XI to smash Wigan on Wednesday night.