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Stoke City
vs.
Wigan Athletic

Britannia Stadium

31/12/11

3pm

Latics travel to Stoke in what is a real fitting end to the year considering what happened in the last game of last season back in May.

Joyous scenes with the Latics securing a seventh consecutive Premier League season with a gutsy 1-0 win, strange that with the year coming to an end that a gutsy win is exactly what is required again, New Years Eve or Groundhog Day?

The big news as far as the Latics are concerned is that Conor Sammon`s red card has been rescinded, the big Irishman is set to continue his recent run in the team

Stoke have been troubled by a few injury concerns but they are a dangerous side to play against, especially at home, this will be a tough game for the Latics, but, just as back in May, it`s a tough encounter that they need to come through.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

"We need to perform well and get a result"

"It is an important game for ourselves and its very important to get a positive result"

"All their home results have been very impressive and we know it will be very difficult"

"They are the Kings of the deadball situation and they have great wide players also"

"We`ll need to be perfect, but I feel the players are ready"


Stoke boss Tony Pulis:

'Yes, they've got some good players. I like James McCarthy in midfield. Victor Moses has done well and Jordi Gomez looks an intelligent player.

'Hugo Rodallega can't get in the team, and he's been a thorn in our side whenever we've played them, so they must be doing well.

'Roberto would prefer a few more points, but they are doing well.'

Stoke City Team News:

Peter Crouch, Robert Huth and Glenn Whelan are all doubtful

Stoke from: Sorensen, Woodgate, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Palacios, Jones, Walters, Begovic, Upson, Wilkinson, Diao, Pennant, Delap, Jerome

Player to watch: Wilson Palacios

El Mago will face his former club for the first time in quite a while, class player

Wigan Athletic Team News:

With Conor Sammon getting his red card rescinded it's a full strength squad for Martinez to choose from

Latics probable: Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Gomez, Moses, Sammon

Player to watch: Ronnie Stam

Hopefully flying Stam can provide a creative outlet


By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Any Previous?

Latics and Stoke have faced each other 25 times

Latics 6 wins, Stoke 10, draws 9

Ref Watch:

Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Take a look at our excellent 'Meet The Ref' article

Michael Oliver Card Watch 2011/12:

Games - 14, yellows - 39, reds - 2

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1 draw

Heart says 1-2 Latics away win, as always going with the heart

Up Next:

Premier League
Latics v Sunderland
DW Stadium
Tuesday
3/01/12
7:45pm

FA Cup 3rd Round
Swindon Town v Latics
The County Ground
Saturday
7/01/12
3pm



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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday December 31 2011
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