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  • 31 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26595
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Stoke City - Wigan Preview: Victory for visitors would be Roberto Martinez's 90th as a manager

Stoke City - Wigan Preview: Victory for visitors would be Roberto Martinez's 90th as a manager

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Shotton, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Whitehead, Palacios, Etherington
Walters
Jones


WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Moses, Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Rodallega
Di Santo
Tony Pulis has four main doubts for the clash with Wigan, with Peter Crouch, Ricardo Fuller, Robert Huth and Glenn Whelan all concerns.

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 Striker Conor Sammon will be available after his red cardin  Monday’s 5-0 loss to Manchester United was rescinded.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.
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Players to watch

J. Walters

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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It’s been a good season for the attacker so far, with the former Ipswich Town man scoring four and assisting a further five. His workrate is an encouraging attribute for the Potters andhe  has become an integral part since joining in 2010.

In the possible absence of Crouch, Walters will be acting as support for Kenwyne Jones, as well as attempting to fashion chances for himself.

H. Rodallega

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Colombian has failed to find the net this season and has struggled to get into the team at times, but has three assists to his name since August.

Similar to Walters, Rodallega will be sniffing out opportunities to feed the ball forward and have a shot himself when the chance arises.

Editor's Prediction

December has been a mixed month for both sides, and Wigan’s results have not been enough to see them rise out of the relegation zone and the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United less than a week ago will still be hurting.

Stoke could be missing a couple of key men, but should still be strong enough to get a win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Wigan Athletic

Wins
0
3
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
62%
23%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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