Swansea - Wigan Preview: Laudrup looks to end winless streak against Latics
Ahead of a sequence of tough fixtures, the Swans look to end a five-match run without success against Roberto Martinez's side, who have also failed to pick up a win in five games
By Arthur Virgo
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Dyer, Michu, Routledge
Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Maloney, Kone, Di Santo
Swansea are without regular left-back Neil Taylor (ankle) through long-term injury, 19-year-old Ben Davies is set to continue in his place having done so for Wales over the international break, with newly signed Dwight Tiendalli another option.
Centre-back Kyle Bartley (thigh) is also out with a long-term issue that might not see him return until the New Year.
Roberto Martinez saw many of his squad go away on international duty but has suffered no casualties, although he is still without Antolin Alcaraz (groin), so Maynor Figueroa is set to continue on the left of a back three with Jean Beausejour at left wing-back.
Playmaker Shaun Maloney is likely to start alongside striking duo Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone, while Jordi Gomez could feature at some point. Midfielder Fraser Fyvie (ankle) is doubtful.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Swansea have lost just one of their last seven home Premier League games, recording three wins, but have now conceded 11 goals in their last five league matches.
- The Swans have won three and lost none of their last five home matches against Wigan, though the last two have ended 0-0, and last season ended a run of four games without a goal against the same side with 2-0 at the DW Stadium.
- Swansea (eight) and Wigan (five) both have exactly the same number of points after seven games this season as they did at the same point last season, but have each picked up just two points from their last five games.
- There have been red cards in three of the last four league meetings between the two teams.
- Michu has scored five goals from just seven shots on target this season.
- All 12 of Swansea’s goals this season have come from open play.
- The Latics have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 Premier League matches on the road, and have conceded four penalties in seven games, more than any other top flight club this season.
- Six of Wigan’s seven league goals have come from the forward pairing of Argentine Franco Di Santo and Ivorian Arouna Kone (pictured right).
- Roberto Martinez won promotion to League One with Swansea as a player in 2005 and then promotion to the Championship as manager in 2008, before returning to manage the Latics, where he had began his career in English football.
- Midfielder Jordi Gomez spent a season on loan from Espanyol at Swansea under Martinez, before following him to Wigan on a permanent transfer in 2009.
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The winger has made a fine start to the season, doubling his goal tally of last term with an expert finish for the equaliser as the Swans’ came back from two goals down in their last match against Reading.
The Ivorian’s contribution brought a goal and an assist for fellow striker Franco Di Santo against Everton in his last match for the Latics, and their developing partnership with has brought six out of his side’s seven league goals so far this season.
Michael Laudrup’s side have a tough run of fixtures following this Saturday’s encounter and will be keen to ensure they pick up three points after a failure to win in five league games. Wigan have similarly picked up just two points from their last five matches, and given their small squad’s exertions over the international break Roberto Martinez may find his side outgunned at the Liberty Stadium.
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