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  • 31 March 2012
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Wigan - Stoke City Preview: Latics looking for first consecutive victories of the season

Roberto Martinez's men will be looking to build on their impressive display against Liverpool as they attempt to haul themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone


PROBABLE LINEUPS


WIGAN


Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
McCarthy, McArthur
Moses, Maloney, Beausejour
Di Santo

STOKE CITY

Begovic
Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington
Crouch, Walters


The Latics have been handed a major boost as Victor Moses has been given the all-clear to play after scans revealed that he did not suffer a facial fracture after being accidentally kicked in the head by Martin Skrtel during last weekend's 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Roberto Martinez's only major blow is the loss of out-of-form striker Hugo Rodallega due to a knee injury.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will welcome back striker Ricardo Fuller after the hitman served the final game of his three-match ban last week, having stamped on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on March 10.

Midfielder Salif Diao, however, is set to miss out for the visitors through injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan are looking for back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
  • A victory could potentially lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone, if QPR and Bolton both fail to win their respective fixtures.
  • The Latics hold the worst home record in the Premier League this season, having only picked up a solitary victory at the DW Stadium back in August against QPR.
  • Stoke City have failed to score only once in their last eight domestic matches, in the 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea.
  • The Potters have only beaten Wigan once since their promotion to the top flight, with a 2-0 victory in May 2009.

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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Ricardo FullerStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
Players to Watch
Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The lightning-quick youngster has the undoubted ability to unlock defences, and his performance will be key if Wigan are to pick up their first back-to-back victories of the season.

While his end product can somtimes be lacking, the former Crystal palace winger has the pace and power to trouble Stoke's cumbersome defence.
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The in-form frontman's aerial presence will pose a significant threat to Wigan's weak backline. The former Liverpool striker will also be looking to add to his season's tally following his wonder strike against Manchester City last weekend.

Crouch's height is often a devastating weapon in tandem with the Potters' set-piece routine's and the Latics will have to be well organised to quell the giant forward's threat.
Prediction
This is likely be a tight game with Wigan high on confidence following last week's victory over Liverpool, but their leaky defence is likely to be breached by a physical Stoke side.

The Potters will be soaring also, after their spirited draw against Manchester City last week and THAT Peter Crouch goal, Tony Pulis' men aren't always great on their travels but the Latics' home form has been atrocious this season.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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