Wigan Athletic striker Antoine Sibierski believes Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton can be talked out of today's game.

Sibierski has identified Barton as the biggest threat to his team's hopes of escaping the Premier League's bottom three today.

And he makes no secret of his intentions to wind up the volatile Newcastle ace.

Sibierski, 33, said: "Joey is a really good player with great commitment but he is also a bit mad.

"So if you are a little bit clever when you face him you can provoke him and know he is going to go mad and see red very quickly. And for Wigan it could be a good thing if we can get him sent off."