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  • 1 September 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 16247
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Wigan - Stoke City Preview: Latics unbeaten in six against goal-shy visitors

Wigan - Stoke City Preview: Latics unbeaten in six against goal-shy visitors

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Antolin Alcaraz is suspended as Roberto Martinez' side seek successive win without Victor Moses, while Matthew Etherington is doubtful as Tony Pulis seeks first win of the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Al-Habsi
Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa

Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour
Maloney, Di Santo, Kone
STOKE

Begovic
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson

Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Kightly
Walters, Crouch

Antolin Alcaraz incurred a red card in the League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest and is suspended. Maynor Figueroa is set to move to the left of a back three in his absence, with Jean Beausejour or Ronnie Stam potential replacements at left wing back.

Attacking trio Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo, and the newly signed Arouna Kone led the team to victory at Southampton last week, but striker Mauro Boselli and attacking midfielder Jordi Gomez each scored in the mid-week victory and could feature.

Dean Whitehead is back in contention for Stoke City after suspension and could return in place of Geoff Cameron in central midfield.

Matthew Etherington missed last week’s match against Arsenal through injury but is also in line to return, but Pulis could keep faith with Jermaine Pennant could continue on the right wing in his place opposite Michael Kightly on the left.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have faired well against Stoke recently with two wins four draws from the last six league meetings.
  • The Latics have won eight and drawn none of their last 11 Premier League matches, a run which includes a home win over Stoke.
  • There have been nine goals scored inside the first 15 minutes of Wigan’s last eight Premier League games.
  • Stoke have won just one of their last 13 Premier League matches (W1 D4 L8) and scored just four goals in their last 10 games.
  • The Potters scored the fewest goals of any Premier League team last season with 36, with Peter Crouch (pictured, right) their top goalscorer netting ten league goals.
  • Only Sunderland (2) have fired in fewer shots on target this season than Stoke (4).

Players to watch

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

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The quick, powerful striker scored 15 goals for Levante in La Liga last season before arriving at Wigan over the summer, and has previously won the Dutch league with PSV and played at a World Cup with Ivory Coast.

The 28-years-old has a difficult task in replacing Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega, but last week he opened his account with a confident finish in only his second match with the Latics and he will now look to exploit his pace against his opponents’ defensive giants.

M. Kightly

Position: Midfielder

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The 26-year-old is quick, unpredictable, and dangerous with either foot, and will look to supply crosses to the Potters’ powerful forwards and potentially add to his tally after scoring against Reading on the opening day of the season with a neat finish.

Editor's Prediction

The Latics will be confident at the DW Stadium having continued their strong recent home form into the new season, and will look to keep possession to reduce the threat Tony Pulis’ side pose from set-pieces.

They may struggle however to break down their disciplined opponents without exposing themselves to the Potters’ powerful forwards and pace on the flanks.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Stoke City

Wins
2
3
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
45%
26%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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