Tonight’s game has become massive, if it wasn’t big enough already. All the results bar Huddersfield went against Stoke at the weekend leaving the Potters just 1 point above the relegation zone with 7 games to play. We shouldn’t have to be relying on other teams losing games for us to stave of the unthinkable, but the performances in our last two games have gave us no hope we can keep our destiny in our own hands. Wigan away has not proved a good hunting ground having not won at the DW Stadium in the league since 2005
We have faced Wigan 33 times in our history
Won 12 Lost 8 Drew 13
Last 10 meetings
Lost 3 Won 2 Drew 5
Stoke have won the last two meetings, the Corresponding fixture this season Stoke won 2-1, Danny Batth got stoke back into the game making it 1-1. Mame Diouf came on as a late substitute to score a 93rd minute winner. Form
Wigan are the form team in the league. They have not lost since the 8th of February. They have taken 16 points from the last 18 on offer which has dragged them out of the bottom 3 and now 4 points ahead of the Potters.
Stoke take on Middlesbrough in a game that could show us how the rest of the season could pan out
Stoke’s next three fixtures could decide what division we could be competing in next season. Prior to the lockdown, we could of looked at these 3 games as 7 points in the bag. That has all changed especially as Saturday’s opponents Middlesbrough have sacked Jonathan Woodgate . The appointment of Warnock, a manager I’m sure Stoke have failed to register a win against has made this fixture a lot harder than it was.
Middlesbrough do have issues to get around, Mainly getting 6 first team players to sign a new contract to allow them to play past the Stoke game. If they can’t then that alone could resign them to a very hard last 7 fixtures with Ex Stoke player Ryan Shotton being one of the 6 including Jonny Howson, George Friend, Adam Clayton, Rudy Gestede and Marvin Johnson needing to sign that extension.
Back to the game.
Saturday’s fixture will be the 98th meeting of the two sides with Middlesbrough coming out on top.
97 games played
Won 35 Lost 40 Drew 22
Last 10 meetings
Won 3 Drew 2
Stoke have lost the last two meetings, the Corresponding fixture this season Stoke lost 2-1, Clucas scored stoke goals.
Middlesbrough are lacking any kind of form, only winning 1 of their last 14 fixtures, in contrast to Stoke who have won 6 of their last 14
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