Stoke v Wigan preview

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes key men Matthew Etherington, Jermaine

Pennant and Robert Huth will be fit. Having all played in the 1-0

FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City last weekend, Etherington

(hamstring), Pennant (ankle) and Huth (knee) missed Tuesday’s 3-0

loss in the league to the same opponents and will be assessed on

Saturday. Striker Kenwyne Jones and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic may

also come back into the side having been rested in midweek. Wigan

have reported a clean bill of health ahead of the game after

Mohamed Diame, who had been the only slight doubt through the week,

returned to full training. 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. A win or draw would give

Latics a good chance of staying up, while even a defeat could be

enough if Birmingham and Blackpool lose their games more heavily.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Wilkinson, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson,

Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Jones, Walters, Sorensen,

Whitehead, Diao, Collins, Faye, Pugh, Carew. Wigan (from): Al

Habsi, G Caldwell, Boyce, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, N’Zogbia,

Diame, Cleverley, McCarthy, Rodallega, Moses, Sammon, McArthur,

Gomez, Gohouri, Di Santo, S Caldwell, McManaman, Lopez, Stam,

Thomas, Kirkland.