This is a game that Wigan Athletic should be able to put all the recent bad run behind them. Stoke have managed to grab some much needed points lately to climb out of the mire, coincidentally since Pulis whinged like a big girl on national TV about the bad decisions his team was getting.

Roberto needs to get a minimum of 5 points out of the next 4 games and this is one that he will be looking to get over half of them. As long as we can cope with the inevitable crunching tackles and general bullying we should be able to roll Stoke over.

Things didn’t go too well in midweek and so a more up tempo game is what is called for, that is as long as we get a referee that will let us do that, preferably not Martin Atkinson. There is no big ego’s or names on the pitch and so the officials should hopefully give us the rub of the green for a change.

Stoke have no new injury worries whereas Bobby has to look at the Christmas period without both McCarthy and now Victor Moses after he dislocated his shoulder in midweek.

The referee will be Mike Jones from Chester who has looked over a Stoke win this season but has not yet been in charge of Wigan. He is a bit card happy with 48 yellows and 2 red cards from his 14 games this season

Head To Head League

  W D L F A
Home 4 4 3 19 11
Away 1 4 6 9 19
Total 5 8 9 28 30

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Current League Positions

  Pld W D L F A GD Pts Pos
Stoke City 15 6 2 7 19 19 0 20 8th
Wigan Athletic 15 3 5 7 11 26 -15 14 18th

This Weekend In History

Wigan games from this week in years gone by, click the scores for more:

05.12.04 Preston North End JJB Stadium 5-0 10,565
04.12.99 Scunthorpe United Glanford Park 2-1 3,463
04.12.82 Sheffield United Springfield Park 3-2 5,015
05.12.81 Halifax Town Springfield Park 2-0 4,022


4th December 2010
Arsenal v Fulham
Birmingham City v Tottenham Hotspur
Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chelsea v Everton
Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers
Blackpool OFF Manchester United
5th December 2010
West Brom v Newcastle United
Sunderland v West Ham
6th December 2010
Liverpool v Aston Villa

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