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DW Stadium (ATT 16,247) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Stoke City Stoke City

Wigan 2

S Maloney (pen 5)
F Di Santo (49)

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J Walters (pen 40)
P Crouch (76)

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Potters seek first win of the season at the DW Stadium

Last Updated: 31/08/12 2:02pm

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Tony Pulis: Stoke City manager is seeking a first win of the season at Wigan Athletic

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.

Opta Facts

  • 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Arsenal 0 0
2 Aston Villa 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0
5 Crystal Palace 0 0
6 Everton 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0
8 Leicester City 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0
10 Manchester City 0 0
11 Manchester United 0 0
12 Newcastle United 0 0
13 Queens Park Rangers 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0
17 Swansea City 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
19 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
20 West Ham United 0 0

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