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May 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 27566‎

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

Roberto Martinez, Wigan (Getty Images)
Stoke City (4-4-2):
Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Whitehead, Whelan, Delap; Walters, Jones.
Thomas Sorensen made a rare Premier League start after an impressive FA Cup final display, but the three goals shipped to Manchester City in the league are likely to see regular No.1 Asmir Begovic return, while a raft of changes will be made to the side that started at Eastlands just three days after the Wembley meeting, with Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones, and Robert Huth all expected to return.

Wigan (4-3-3):
Al Habsi; Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Sammon, Rodallega, N'Zogbia.
Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury concerns and a full squad to pick from, and he may be tempted to give match winner Conor Sammon a start ahead of Tom Cleverley, after the Irishman earned Wigan three precious points against West Ham last week.

  • 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.

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1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
12Marc WilsonDefender
5Danny CollinsDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
20Carlo NashGoalkeeper
30Ryan ShottonDefender
23Michael TongeMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
15Salif DiaoDefender
-Danny PughMidfielder
10John Alieu CarewStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
26Adrain LopezDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
14Jordi GómezMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
Probable Lineups
Asmir Begovic 1
Marc Wilson 12
Danny Collins 5
Ryan Shawcross 17
Andy Wilkinson 28
Matthew Etherington 26
Glenn Whelan 6
Rory Delap 24
Jermaine Pennant 7
Jonathan Walters 19
Kenwyne Jones 9
Ali Al Habsi 26
Maynor Figueroa 3
Emmerson Boyce 17
Gary Caldwell 5
Antolín Alcaraz 32
Mohamed Diame 21
Ben Watson 8
James McCarthy 16
Charles N'Zogbia 0
Conor Sammon 18
Hugo Rodallega 20
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