Stoke City - Wigan Athletic Preview: Roberto Martinez's men relying upon other teams to drop points to stay up
The visitors could win emphatically and still go down or lose and still stay up as the Potters aim to finish the season as the Midlands' best team for the first ever time
By Nick Price
|Stoke City (4-4-2):
Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Whitehead, Whelan, Delap; Walters, Jones.
Al Habsi; Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Sammon, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Stoke City has scored 23 goals at home since the turn of the year in all competitions, from 11 games, and have not been beaten at the Britannia since December.
- The Potters have the chance to finish for the first time in their history as the highest ranked Midlands team. They have a significantly better goal difference than West Bromwich Albion, which is also on 46 points, with Aston Villa on 45, while Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers scrap for survival.
- Kenwyne Jones (pictured right) and Jonathan Walters will be duking it out to try and finish as the club's top scorer. The Trinidadian tops the chart with 12 goals in all competitions (nine in the league), while the Republic of Ireland international is on 11 after hitting goalscoring form in recent months.
- Wigan Athletic could still go down even if it wins at the Britannia, should results elsewhere go against them. But despite being 19th it could actually stay up if it fails to defeat and Birmingham City lose by two goals more.
- The Latics have won just three times on the road this season in the Premier League. But they still have a better away record than Stoke, who have picked up a paltry 12 points on their travels.
- If it overcomes Stoke, Wigan would be only the fifth club to beat the Tony Pulis' men at the Britannia this season, joining Manchester United, Tottenham, Blackpool and Fulham as victors in the Potteries.
- Charles N'Zogbia's two goals against West Ham United took him one ahead of Hugo Rodallega as the team's top scorer in the league with nine strikes.
- Wigan has failed to beat Stoke in five meetings in the Premier League, with the last three games ending in draws and producing 14 goals, while the Potters were successful two years ago in a 2-0 May win at the Britannia.
Top 3 Predictions
Stoke 2-1 Wigan Athletic
- 15.24 %
Stoke 1-2 Wigan Athletic
- 14.63 %
Stoke 9-9 Wigan Athletic
- 10.98 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 29, 2013||Stoke 2 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 1, 2012||Wigan Athletic 2 - Stoke 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Mar 31, 2012||Wigan Athletic 2 - Stoke 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 31, 2011||Stoke 2 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 22, 2011||Stoke 0 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|Apr 19, 2014||Cardiff City 1 - Stoke 1||EPL|
|Apr 12, 2014||Stoke 1 - Newcastle 0||EPL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Chelsea 3 - Stoke 0||EPL|
|Mar 29, 2014||Stoke 1 - Hull 0||EPL|
|Mar 23, 2014||Aston Villa 1 - Stoke 4||EPL|
|10||John Alieu Carew||Striker|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
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