UK time is: 23:08:58
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wigan Athletic vs. Stoke City

DW Stadium

9/02/10

7:45pm

Latics Vs Stoke Preview

Latics boss Roberto Martinez has spoken about the need to turn the DW Stadium into an intimidating fortress, well let`s hope that its starts tonight with Stoke City in town.

Getting back to winning ways is a priority now that we are at the business end of the season and three points against the Potters could lift the Latics back up the table following their slump to 16th after the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the weekend.

Latics had enough chances to have put the game to bed at the Stadium of Light before allowing Steve Bruces side back into it, so will Roberto Martinez be ruthless and make changes to the team?

New loan signing Marcelo Moreno got 20 minutes at Sunderland; Martinez has hinted that the Bolivia international could be in from the start tonight, then there is Victor Moses who also made a substitute appearance on Saturday, a full debut from the talented youngster isn`t out of the question.

What ever team the Latics field tonight they will need to be strong and ready for a physical battle from a very direct Stoke side who certainly play to their strengths, news from the Potters though is that Stoke have a problem regarding Ricardo Fuller following the players arrest at 1am Sunday morning concerning a fracas at the JFK nightclub in Hanley, Fuller may be missing tonight but Sidibe and Tuncay are still a formidable pairing.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

"Its important that at home we make it an intimidating place"

"In football sometimes its better to be lucky than to be good, at the moment we have been very good in many areas.

"Last time we met Stoke we stood up to their physicality, their dead ball situations and their throw-ins, in the end we were one kick away from three points"

"We know that we can create against them but we need to be really focused so as not to have any slip ups against the power in their play."

"Stoke are in a very good moment of form, they got a good result at the weekend against Blackburn and a good result at Sunderland last week."

"We need to treat each game now like a cup final, these are important games and it is important that we bank on the good performances to get the points"



Stoke boss Tony Pulis:

"On their day they (Wigan) can cause anyone problems"

"We went and watched them against Everton 10 days ago, they were very unfortunate to get beat, they were by far the better team and could have scored a hatful of goals"

"We`ll have to be right on our case and right on our metal to go there and get a result"

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Steve Gohouri is out with a hamstring injury otherwise its a fully fit squad.

Latics from:

Kirkland, Bramble, Caldwell, Scharner, Boyce, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Diame, McCarthy, Thomas, Rodallega, Moreno, Moses, Melchiot, Scotland, Sinclair, Stojkovic, Gomez.

Player to watch: Marcelo Moreno

The Bolivia international striker could be set to make his full Latics debut

Stoke City Team News:

Ricardo Fuller is doubtful following his arrest otherwise its full strength.

Stoke from:

Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Wilkinson, Amdy Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Sidibe, Whitehead, Delap, Diao, Kitson, Beattie, Etherington, Fuller, Tuncay, Pugh, Whelan, Simonsen, Begovic.

Player to watch: Tuncay

Talented forward who is now settled in well at the Britannia

Any Previous?

Latics and Stoke have met 22 times

Latics 5 wins, Stoke 10, draws 7



Last Five Meetings

12/12/09 - Premier League - Stoke 2 Latics 2
15/05/09 - Premier League - Stoke 2 Latics 0
08/11/08 - Premier League - Latics 0 Stoke 0
05/02/05 - Championship - Latics 0 Stoke 1
02/11/04 - Championship - Stoke 0 Latics 1

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner (Birmingham)

Read the meet the ref article right here

Match Prediction:

Heart says 2-0 Latics win, so does the head

Up Next:

Premier League

Latics Vs Bolton Wanderers
DW Stadium
Wednesday 17/02/10 8pm



Bookmark and Share




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 9 2010

Time: 10:56AM

Your Comments

2-0 for me, looking forward to a good win tonight
worbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Archived Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 148
2. Oscarbon 128
3. Marksparko 96
4. Pauvre Jean 80
5. Noel Wards Leg 65
6. Lazysid 64
7. Jonny_SuffolkLatic 64
8. Thorpyness 61
9. legolad 61
10. Taff57 53

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 3 - 0 Reading
Wigan 0 - 1 Millwall
Wigan 1 - 0 Leeds Utd
Wigan 2 - 2 Leicester City
Bolton 1 - 1 Wigan
Q.P.R. 1 - 0 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Burnley 43 24 14 5 32 86
3. Derby County 43 23 9 11 29 78
4. Q.P.R. 43 21 10 12 14 73
5. Wigan 42 20 10 12 17 70
6. Brighton 43 17 14 12 12 65
7. Reading 43 17 13 13 10 64
8. Ipswich 43 17 13 13 6 64

Breaking League News

Johnson Delighted With Continued Fight
» Yeovil : 19/04/2014 23:03:00
Pearson - Hails Discipline
» Leicester City : 19/04/2014 22:38:00
Holloway Proud After Middlesbrough Display
» Millwall : 19/04/2014 22:22:00
We need to change - Karanka
» Middlesbrough : 19/04/2014 22:12:00
McCarthy - Missed Opportunities
» Ipswich : 19/04/2014 22:11:00
Boro run ends
» Middlesbrough : 19/04/2014 22:00:00
LuaLua - We Need Two Victories
» Brighton : 19/04/2014 21:48:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Reading
Suggested By:  Happy Gilmour
Ali Al-Habsi 5%
James Perch 0%
Emmerson Boyce 0%
Leon Barnett 1%
Jean Beausejour 0%
James McArthur 3%
Roger Espinoza 21%
Jordi Gomez 61%
Shaun Maloney 2%
Callum McManaman 6%
Martyn Waghorn 1%