Wigan have had more ups and downs this season than any other side in the top flight. From looking certainties for relegation to stringing a number of promising results together, the Latics find themselves lodged in the relegation places after last week’s non performance against West Ham.
Such is the nature of the table at this stage, however, that a victory can make everything seem fine again, Roberto Martinez only need look at Stoke’s rise over the last few weeks as evidence of that.
Wigan forward Victor Moses picked up a dislocated shoulder during his team’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Carling Cup, so not only will Martinez have to manage a squad that were one of only a handful to have played mid-week, he will also have to do without one of Wigan’s form players.
Stoke are on the cusp of breaking into the top six, and whilst no one will expect Tony Pulis to be wearing his famed cap in Europe next season, the Potters’ recent run of form is an indication of just how well they have adapted to the top flight.