Wigan go into the encounter against Stoke on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory away at Liverpool - their first-ever win at Anfield. They are now just a point away from safety with the five bottom sides in the Premier League separated by just six points. But the Latics have arguably the toughest run-in out of the relegation-threatened sides, as they face Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in their three fixtures following the visit of Stoke. And with eight games to go, they will view Saturday's clash as an ideal opportunity to move out of the relegation zone for the first time since before Christmas.
Stoke go into the game sitting comfortably in midtable and will have been boosted by their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend - a game which saw a stunning strike from Peter Crouch, his 12th of the season. The Potters have not won on the road in their last five attempts but will take solace in the fact they have never lost a Premier League game at the DW Stadium.
• 19% of the goals Wigan have scored have come from penalties, while 17% of the goals Stoke have shipped have come from the spot; both divisional highs.