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Stoke travel to Wigan Athletic in the next game of the season, the game will take place on Saturday 1st August with a kick off time of 1500hrs.
Stoke go into the game on the back of two league draws and being unceremoniously dumped out the league cup by Swindon Town earlier this week.
With the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm on Friday it is unlikely that any incoming players will be available to play against Wigan, however it is rumored that we will be without some of the current squad as they will be moving on. Names that have been mentioned as possibilities of leaving are Glen Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Wilson Palacios and Ryan Shotton & Matthew Etherington, but as we know the rumor mill is in over time at this time of the year.
Stoke haven’t had the best of times at the DW Stadium in recent years failing to win at the home of the Latics since we were promoted to the Premier league. Our task won’t be any easier this season with Wigan making a good start to the season.
Stoke need to get 3 points on the board and a tough game is in the offing, with that in mind I am predicting another draw with the score being 2-2.
Wigan Athletic Fact-File:
Full Name: Wigan Athletic Football Club
Stadium: The DW Stadium
Owner: Dave Whelan
Chairman: Dave Whelan
Manager: Roberto Martinez
2011/12: Premier League (15th), FA Cup (3rd Round), League Cup (2nd Round)
Record victory: 7-1 v Scarborough, Division Three, 11/03/1997
Record defeat: 1-9 v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 22/11/2009
Record transfer paid: £6m for Charles N’Zogbia to Newcastle United, 02/02/2009
Record transfer received: £16m for Luis Antonio Valencia from Manchester United, 30/06/2009
Stoke’s only injury concerns heading into this fixture are Matthew Etherington who is unlikely to make the squad and Jamie Ness who picked up a knock in the midweek game v Swindon.
Probable Stoke City line up:
Wilkinson Huth Shawcross Wilson
Kightly Cameron Whitehead Pennant
League: 9 Stoke City wins; 10 draws; 7 Wigan Athletic wins
FA Cup: 1 Stoke City win; 0 draws; 0 Wigan Athletic wins
Total: 10 Stoke City wins; 10 draws; 7 Wigan Athletic wins
Last Five Encounters:
Wigan Athletic 2-0 Stoke City (Premier League) – 31/03/2012
Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic (Premier League) – 31/12/2011
Stoke City 0-1 Wigan Athletic (Premier League) – 22/05/2011
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Stoke City (Premier League) – 04/12/2010
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Stoke City (Premier League) – 09/02/2010
Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle for this fixture