Wigan v Stoke preview
Potters seek first win of the season at the DW Stadium
Last Updated: 31/08/12 2:02pm
Tony Pulis: Stoke City manager is seeking a first win of the season at Wigan Athletic
Wigan have earned plenty of plaudits for the way they have started the season and face a Stoke side on Saturday looking for their first three-point haul.
The Latics have always been pleasing on the eye, with Roberto Martinez's Spanish roots ensuring that they play the game in the right manner.
Those efforts appear to be paying dividends, with a club that has spent the last couple of years battling desperately to beat the drop showing signs that they are ready to shake off such concerns.
Stoke, though, are a notoriously difficult nut to crack and back-to-back draws in the Premier League suggest this season will be no different.
The Potters frustrated Arsenal last time out, picking up a goalless draw, and will hope that a surprise Capital One Cup exit to League One Swindon proves to be little more than a bump in the road.
Tony Pulis will be concerned by Stoke's recent record on the road, which makes for dismal reading, but history suggests that this fixture tends to favour the away team, so anything is possible at the DW Stadium.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has no new injury worries ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Stoke.
Martinez is likely to make several changes from the second-string side which beat Nottingham Forest in Tuesday's Capital One Cup.
Defender Antolin Alcaraz is suspended after he earned a red card in the clash while centre-forward Mauro Boselli and winger Ryo Miyaichi could be in line for their first Premier League starts this season.
Stoke will assess the condition of winger Matthew Etherington ahead of the game.
Etherington, sidelined for the last two games with a hamstring problem, has been doing some light running this week but it remains to be seen whether he will be ready to return, while midfielder Jamie Ness and striker Mamady Sidibe (both groin) are out.
Stoke pushed through a deal for Charlie Adam and the midfielder should be available, but USA international Maurice Edu is not expected to be involved.
- Wigan have lost none of the last six league meetings with Stoke.
- Tony Pulis' side have won none of their last 10 Premier League away games.
- The Potters have scored just four goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 26 Al Habsi
- 24 Perch
- 17 Boyce
- 25 Barnett
- 22 Beausejour
- 18 Espinoza
- 16 McArthur
- 14 Gomez
- 15 McManaman
- 33 Waghorn
- 10 Maloney
Team taken from Wigan Athletic vs Reading (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 18th April 2014
- 1 Begovic
- 20 Cameron
- 17 Shawcross
- 12 Wilson
- 3 Pieters
- 6 Whelan
- 15 N'Zonzi
- 9 Odemwingie
- 32 Ireland
- 10 Arnautovic
- 25 Crouch
Team taken from Stoke City vs Newcastle United (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014
Barclays Premier League
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Wigan v Stoke
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has brushed off fans' criticism of his substitution in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on Saturday.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has praised in-form forward Franco Di Santo after the Latics' 2-2 draw with Stoke on Saturday.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was disappointed not to get maximum points against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.