Both clubs have had a mixed December and will be hoping to end 2011 on a high, with the Potters looking to solidify their position in the top half of the Premier League
Shotton, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Whitehead, Palacios, Etherington
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Moses, Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Former Tottenham man Crouch is still trying to shake off his flu that has kept him out of Stoke’s past two matches, whilst Fuller and Huth are both in a race to be fit, with the latter picking up a knock during their stalemate with Aston Villa on Boxing Day and the Jamaican striker recovering from an ankle injury.
Whelan looks the most likely of the four to miss the game with Roberto Martinez’s side due to a calf injury that has seen him miss all of the Potters’ festive action so far.
Meanwhile, there are no fresh injury worries for Wigan, with Emmerson Boyce and Chris Kirkland the only players on the sidelines for the north west outfit. Striker Conor Sammon will be available after his red cardin Monday’s 5-0 loss to Manchester United was rescinded.
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- When these two have come together in the Premier League there has only been a winning side on two occasions from six games, with Wigan winning the last match 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season, securing their safety.
- Ricardo Fuller is the highest goalscorer in the Premier League for Stoke City with 18 top-flight finishes.
- Potters manager Tony Pulis (pictured right) has a win percentage of just under 40 per cent over 265 games since he took charge of the club for a second time.
- Wigan had the lowest attendance for a game last season, with just 14,042 witnessing the Latics taking on Wolves at the DW Stadium.
- A win on Saturday for Martinez would be his 90th in management.