Friday, 7 November 2008

Wigan v Stoke Premiership Preview: Heskey & Zaki To Lead Latics Attack? – Lawrence & Davies Missing For Potters

Wigan Athletic, play Tony Pulis’ Stoke City in the Premier League at the JJB Stadium on Saturday.

Steve Bruce’s Latics will be looking to build on the 2-1 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park last week, which ended a four-game losing streak in the Premiership. However, Wigan are just outside the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference nothing less than a home win against Premier League debutantes Stoke will please former Manchester United player Bruce.

The Potters will be full of confidence after beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Britannia last weekend, which saw Stoke move out of a relegation spot and up to 13th in the Premier League. However, Pulis will be eager for his Potters side to show they can play good football after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger accused the Potters of fouling their way to victory in their clash last week.

Wigan, almost have a fully fit squad for the visit of Stoke, with only long-term absentee Erik Edman unavailable with a knee injury. Jason Koumas got a rare start against Pompey last week and should keep his place, with Emile Heskey and Amr Zaki likely to start upfront for the Latics.

Pulis is still without Liam Lawrence (ankle) and Andrew Davies (knee), who will both be out for another three weeks, but has no new injury worries ahead of the trip to the JJB.

Wigan Athletic: (from) Kirkland, Scharner, Taylor, Cattermole, Palacios, Kilbane, Heskey, Koumas, Brown, Pollitt, Zaki, Valencia, de Ridder, Bramble, Cywka, Kingson, Kapo, Melchiot, Camara, Kupisz, Figueroa

Stoke City: (from) Sorensen, Griffin, Higginbotham, Olofinjana, Cort, Whelan, Soares, Cresswell, Fuller, Sidibe, Kitson, Pugh, Pericard, Matteo, Shawcross, Diao, A Faye, de Laet, Tonge, Delap, A Diagne-Faye, Phillips, Wilkinson, Simonsen, Dickinson, Sonko

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