Stoke v Wigan

14 May 2009 11:05
PREMIER LEAGUE Venue: Britannia Stadium Date: Saturday, 16 May Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: Score updates on Final Score, BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 Live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Highlights on Match of the Day Team news to follow later. BIG-MATCH FACTS Stoke secured another season in the Premier League last Saturday, and have had by far the most successful campaign of the three promoted clubs. They would leapfrog Wigan with a victory in this mid-table match-up. The managers, Tony Pulis of Stoke and Steve Bruce of Wigan, are both enjoying successful second spells at their respective clubs. The first ever top-flight meeting between these clubs resulted in a goalless draw at the JJB Stadium in November. Distance between the clubs: 52 miles (84 kilometres) Wigan will be making the shortest journey of any Premier League club this weekend. CLUB FORM STOKE CITY Club stats 12th 42 points Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 11th Lowest could fall: 13th Club stats 1. Picked up their fourth win in seven, and ended a two-game losing spell, with last Saturday's 1-2 victory over Hull. 2. Nine of their 11 Premier League wins have come at home. 3. Not been higher than 11th this season, and bidding for their highest finish since 11th in the top-flight campaign of 1980-81. (They finished 13th in 1982-83). 4. The 0-1 loss to West Ham in the last game at the Britannia on 2 May ended a seven-game unbeaten home league run. 5. Won 50% of their home Premier League games; nine of 18. 6. Not lost at home to a bottom-half club. Their four home losses have been against Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham. 7. Won three of the last four against North-West clubs, and the last three on home turf against clubs from the region (Manchester City, Bolton and Blackburn). 8. Kept clean sheets in the last four in the Potteries against North-West sides. 9. One of four clubs not to have won a Premier League game this season when the opening goal has been conceded. The other clubs are Manchester City, Middlesbrough and West Brom. 10. The season ends away to Arsenal. Fixtures WIGAN ATHLETIC Club stats 11th 42 points Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 11th Lowest could fall: 13th Best & Worst categories in 2008-09 Premier League 1. Gained one point out of a last possible 18 from a goalless draw, home to Bolton. 2. Failed to win 14 of their last 16 Premier League matches; failing to score in nine of them. 3. Can only equal their best placed finish in the Premier League of 10th with maximum points from their two remaining games and defeats for Manchester City in both of theirs. 4. Need to score one more goal to total 150 in Premier League history. 5. Scored only nine goals in 17 Premier League games in 2009; fewer than any other club, with the exception of Middlesbrough who match that total from 16 outings. 6. Their 36 top-flight matches have yielded 76 goals (33 for, 43 against). It represents the least value for money, with the exception of Fulham, whose 36 games have produced 70 goals. 7. Lost the last three away league games with an aggregate of 1-9, and not won on the road since the 1-2 triumph over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 14 March. It is their only victory in nine away in 2009. 8. Won one of the five against Midlands clubs; 2-1, home to West Brom on 29 November. 9. Their two away games against promoted clubs have been high scoring affairs; a 0-5 victory over Hull, and 3-1 loss to West Brom. 10. The season concludes with a home clash with Portsmouth. Fixtures KEY PLAYER NOTES STOKE CITY Squad profiles Ricardo FULLER is the club's top Premier League scorer with nine goals. If selected:- Matthew ETHERINGTON will be making his 150th Premier League appearance (Tottenham and West Ham). Henri CAMARA is on loan from Wigan, and therefore ineligible to play. WIGAN ATHLETIC Squad profiles Maynor FIGUEROA is the only remaining player to have started every one of Wigan's Premier League matches this season. Amr ZAKI is the club's top Premier League scorer with 10 goals; seven more than any other player. If on the field from the outset:- Paul SCHARNER will be making his 100th Premier League start for Wigan. HEAD TO HEAD These clubs met for the first time in the old Third Division in November 1990. Stoke won that game 2-0 at the Victoria Ground, and the next three home league games against the Latics. But they have not beaten Wigan in the North Midlands since January 2001. Home and away League (inc PL): Stoke 8 wins, Wigan 5, Draws 6 Prem: Stoke 0 wins, Wigan 0, Draws 1 at Stoke only League (inc PL): Stoke 5 wins, Wigan 1, Draws 3 Prem: Stoke 0 wins, Wigan 0, Draws 0 THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE Wigan Athletic 0-0 Stoke City 8 November 2008 - Ref: Mike Riley REFEREE Lee Probert (Gloucestershire) Premier League referees' table Lee Probert (Gloucestershire) 2008-09 Premier League card count

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