29/01/13 – Stoke vs Wigan (Premier League)

Stoke vs WiganStoke host Wigan in what is not only a severe clash in playing style but also a classic ‘English’ system against an Italian-inspired 3-5-2. Despite their league position Wigan are a tricky opponent for Stoke, who haven’t won a league meeting between the two in the last six attempts. Stoke’s main strengths are largely neutralised by Wigan – three centre backs provide cover for Crouch’s knock-downs or flick-ons, Gomez ensures there is no numerical advantage in midfield, and wing backs work hard to keep opposing wingers away from danger areas. As is so often the case when discussing 3-5-2 systems, the result is likely to be determined who wins the wing battles… (Read more)

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