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  • December 31, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26595
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Premier League Preview: Stoke City - Wigan

Both clubs have had a mixed December and will be hoping to end 2011 on a high, with the Potters looking to solidify their position in the top half of the Premier League.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Shotton, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Whitehead, Palacios, Etherington
Walters
Jones


WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Moses, Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Rodallega
Di Santo
Tony Pulis has four main doubts for the clash with Wigan, with Peter Crouch, Ricardo Fuller, Robert Huth and Glenn Whelan all concerns.

Former Tottenham man Crouch is still trying to shake off his flu that has kept him out of Stoke’s past two matches, while Fuller and Huth are both in a race to be fit, with the latter picking up a knock during the stalemate with Aston Villa on Boxing Day and the Jamaican striker recovering from an ankle injury.

Whelan looks the most likely of the four to miss the game with Roberto Martinez’s side due to a calf injury that has seen him miss all of the Potters’ festive action so far.

Meanwhile, there are no fresh injury worries for Wigan, with Emmerson Boyce and Chris Kirkland the only players on the sidelines for the north west outfit. Striker Conor Sammon will be available after his red card in Monday’s 5-0 loss to Manchester United was rescinded.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • When these two have come together in the Premier League there has only been a winning side on two occasions from six games, with Wigan winning the last match 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season, securing its safety.
  • Ricardo Fuller is the highest goalscorer in the Premier League for Stoke City with 18 top-flight finishes.
  • Potters manager Tony Pulis (pictured right) has a win percentage of just under 40 percent over 265 games since he took charge of the club for a second time.
  • Wigan had the lowest attendance for a game last season, with just 14,042 witnessing the Latics taking on Wolves at the DW Stadium.
  • A win on Saturday for Martinez would be his 90th in management.
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29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
15Salif DiaoDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
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