Stoke v Wigan preview
Wigan travel to Stoke aiming to get the win they need to scramble out of the Premier League relegation zone.
By Steve Pass
Last Updated: 20/05/11 8:16pm
Relegation-threatened Wigan travel to Stoke aiming to get the win they need to scramble out of the Premier League drop zone.
With just one point separating the five teams under threat of occupying the two relegation places remaining, it is all to play for on Sunday.
Wigan sit second from bottom of the table but have the joint best form of the five relegation-threatened sides with eight points from their last six games.
This includes being unbeaten in three outings, which culminated in the last-gasp 3-2 win over West Ham, which sent the Hammers down.
But it will not be easy at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be demanding a maximum effort from his side to finish the season on a high following the disappointment of the FA Cup final loss and then league defeats to Manchester City during the last week.
The Potters have only tasted defeat at home on four occasions all season - the last a 2-0 reverse to Fulham back on 28th December.
Stoke were without wingers Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington, striker Kenwyne Jones and defender Robert Huth for Tuesday's re-match with Manchester City.
Pulis is now hopeful that Pennant, Etherington and Jones will be fit to face Wigan, although Huth is a major doubt.
The Stoke boss told the club's official website: "We have a responsibility to the Premier League and to this football club to do our very best to win that final game. As it is the last game of the season, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can get Jermaine, Matty and Kenwyne back in time.
"But I'm not sure about Huthy. He showed tremendous character to play at Wembley, but whether he'll be fit for Sunday is another matter."
Asmir Begovic may reclaim his place in goal from Thomas Sorensen, while Ricardo Fuller, Danny Higginbotham and Mamady Sidibe remain sidelined.
Wigan have a clean bill of health for the clash which will determine their top-flight fate.
Midfielder Mohamed Diame had been the only slight doubt through the week but the Senegal international has reported fit.
Former Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon, who came off the bench to score in last week's dramatic win over West Ham, is pushing for a starting place.
Possible starting XIs
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Collins, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Boyce, G Caldwell, Figueroa, Cleverley, McCarthy, Watson, N'Zogbia, Diame, Rodallega.