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Wigan
vs.
Stoke City

JJB Stadium

8th November 2008

12.45pm

The Latics entertain the Potters at the end of a week that has been dominated by the rantings of a certain Mr Wenger. The great win against Arsenal last weekend will have boosted the Potters' confidence no end ahead of two weeks of matches in the North West with next week's clash at Old Trafford also to look forward to.

Tony Pulis will be hoping that some of our home form will eventually transform our away luck and the Latics would certainly be a good place from which to bring back three points. They lie just above the relegation zone with two points less than the Potters so a win will be regarded as vital for both teams.

Vital Quotes:

The Latics' home performances are nearly as bad as our away form as they have just a win and a draw from five attempts, but Tony Pulis is keen to emphasize that these results do not necessarily tell the whole story: 'I've watched tapes of their games and I'm sure Steve Bruce will think they have played better than what their points return shows.

'They are a good team with a lot of pace and power and we are looking forward to what is certainly going to be a difficult game.'

Wigan Team News:

Skipper, Mario Melchiot is expected to return after being struck down with a virus.

Player to watch: Amr Zaki

The Egyptian international has been an instant hit at the JJB since joining in the summer and has already put away eight goals for the Latics to put make him the league's current top scorer alongside Chelsea's Anelka.

Stoke City Team News:

Pulis should have the luxury of fielding the same starting eleven from the win last weekend with Amdy Faye likely to keep his starting slot. Liam Lawrence has restarted training after his ankle operation but is still thought to be a couple of weeks away from any chance of selection.

Player to watch: Ryan Shawcross

Stoke will be looking for their third consecutive win and a major factor in the Potters' good form is that the earlier leaky defence appears to have been plugged. Pulis has been juggling the central defence as he tried to find a working partnership and may have now found a winning formula in Ryan Shawcross and Abdoulaye Faye. Shawcross has certainly been a revelation in the last couple of weeks and looks to be back at his best.

Match Facts & Stats

This will be the Potters' first visit to the JJB since February 2005 when Gifton Noel-Williams gave the Potters their first victory of the year against a Latics team destined to end the season with promotion to the Premier League.

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday 11th November: Rotherham (home) kick-off: 7.45pm (Cup)
Saturday 15th November: Manchester United (away) kick-off: 3pm
Saturday 22nd November: West Brom (home) kick-off: 3pm
Saturday 29th November: Hull (home) kick-off: 3pm


Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Friday November 7 2008
Time: 7:19PM

Comments

0
Now you can see why our Jose never got on with Arsene - he's a tosspot!
merlin
07/11/2008 19:36:00
0
Good luck tomorrow, Stoke fans! It'll be a very tough game but Wigan is a tough place to go. Its a difficult one to say but I'll go for 2-1 Wigan as I'm a Wigan fan anyways but wouldn't be at all surprised if it ended in a draw. Come on, Wigan!
robin
07/11/2008 21:49:00
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close one this........ I will go for a 2 - 2 draw......
lincolnblue
08/11/2008 10:01:00
0
should be a close game i think .. keep your eye on zaki or else it might be a 1-0 win to wigan.. good luck
ArabianKnight
08/11/2008 13:51:00
0
so it was a draw in the end.......but no goals.......
lincolnblue
09/11/2008 09:56:00
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