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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City: Can the Latics get the better of the Potters?


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Wigan v Stoke City

Wigan gave their survival hopes a huge lift last weekend by beating Liverpool at Anfield but Roberto Martinez's men could potentially exit the bottom three and give their survival hopes a huge boost this evening with victory over Stoke City.

The Latics saved their Premier League bacon on the final day of last season with victory at the Britannia Stadium, but can they beat Tony Pulis's men today to give themselves another fighting chance of defying the pundits?

Stoke City took a point off Manchester City last weekend thanks to a world class strike by Peter Crouch, but the Potters have been guilty of not playing against some of the so-called lesser teams this season. Everybody likes to test themselves against the best in the game, like the Potters did last weekend against City, but can they put in the same performance against Martinez's men?

Five of the past seven meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw. That may not be good enough for the Latics in the long run, but seeing as they haven't won two on the bounce at all this season it would be a step in the right direction. But who will come out on top? Our pundits are split.

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City; Kick Off 3pm March 31 2012

Prediction Panel        

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

0

V

1

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

0

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Mark Williams

1

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

1

V

1

Newcastle

Michael Stout

0

V

1

Norwich City

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

0

V

0

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

0

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

TBA

V

TBA

Tottenham

Mike Richards

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim White

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

1

V

1

Wolves

Chris Cox

0

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Phil Bundy

2

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Matt Turner

TBA    

V    

TBA

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

TBA

V

TBA

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

1

V

2

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

2

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

0

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

TBA

V

TBA

Panel Verdict

This could go either way.

Home: 10; Draw: 14; Away: 8. TBA 4

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