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Premier League

  • 31 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 19786

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



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


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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

V. Moses

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 27

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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Stoke City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City

Top 3 Predictions

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