Event Date: January 29, 2013 20:45 CET
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Stoke City are currently going through a dry spell in the Premier League and haven’t picked up all three points on the offer since thrashing Liverpool by a margin of 3-1 in their final game of 2012.
In the seven matches (in all competition) since that win, the Potters have won just once, which was the defeat of Championship outfit Crystal Palace in the fourth round replay of the FA Cup, a competition that they have since exited at the hands of Manchester City.
This upcoming home game against relegation battlers Wigan Athletic provides Stoke with the perfect opportunity to end their form woes and get back to winning ways. However, their manager Tony Pulis is well aware that being too confident before a game could be a folly even against a side like the Latics and therefore, he has warned his charges to take it very seriously and not lose focus.
“There are no gimmes in this League and Wigan will be a tough one. They are fighting for their lives and they have been a little bit of a bogey side for us. They are a good side, but we have played well against them for long periods in recent matches, but have not got the results that we have deserved,” he said in a recent interview with StokeCityFC.com.
There is a chance that Pulis may reinstate Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam back into his starting line-up after benching them for the aforementioned 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
Wigan are a bit of a bogey team for Stoke City as the latter haven’t been able to beat the former in their last seven meetings. But having said that, this trend has to end someday and this could very well happen this Tuesday at Britannia Stadium.
The play here is to back Stoke City for an outright win with NordicBet at odds of 2.00.