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  • September 1, 2012
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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).

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
19David JonesMidfielder
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
31Ryo MiyaichiStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
21Maurice EduMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
Players to Watch
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Michael Kightly
Michael Kightly
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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