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  • 7 May 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 18550
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Wigan - Swansea Preview: Latics bid for 16th place with win over out-of form visitors

Roberto Martinez's team can climb out of the bottom three with victory over the Welsh club, who haven't managed a win in their last seven Premier League matches

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN

Joel
Stam, Boyce, Scharner, Espinoza
McCarthy, McArthur, Watson
McManaman, Kone, Maloney
SWANSEA

Vorm
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Britton, Ki
Dyer, De Guzman, Hernandez
Moore

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that started against West Brom, although game-changer James McArthur could be handed a start in place of Jordi Gomez after scoring the equaliser during the 3-2 win at the Hawthorns.

Roger Espinoza could start the game at the DW Stadium after Jean Beausejour (hamstring) had to be substituted against West Brom and the centre-back pairing of Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) and Gary Caldwell (thigh) could be in contention to feature on Tuesday night.

As for the visitors, Michael Laudrup will be without top goal scorer Michu (hamstring), and Luke Moore will likely replace the Spaniard in leading the Swans' attack.

Wales left-back Neil Taylor (ankle) was again on the bench for the game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as he continues his comeback from a long term injury but isn't expected to replace Ben Davies in the starting line-up.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • A win for Wigan could see them rise to 16th in the Premier League, a position they haven't reached this calender year.
  • Roberto Martinez's side have conceded an average of two goals per home game this season.
  • The corresponding fixture at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season finished 2-1 in favour of the Swans, with all three goals coming in a manic four minutes.
  • Wigan No.1 Joel has conceded a goal every 1.29 games on average, a considerably better rate than the Latics' other keeper Ali Al-Habsi, who has let in one every 1.96 games.
  • The Latics are yet to beat Michael Laudrup's side in the Premier League, but did win against them in the League Cup back in 2010.
  • Swansea are currently on a seven match winless streak, losing four and drawing three.
  • The Swans have only scored 15 goals away from home this season, the third lowest in the Premier League this season.
  • Michu (pictured) has scored 17 of Swansea's league goals this season, 39 per cent of them, but will be absent with a hamstring problem.

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Available Squads
1JoelGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
-Román GolobartDefender
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
27Kyle BartleyDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
41Rory DonnellyStriker
Players to Watch
Joel
Joel
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The on-loan spanish goalkeeper seems to have taken over the reigns from Ali Al-Habsi as Wigan's No.1 since his move from Atletico Madrid in January. Since initially impressing with a couple of FA Cup appearances, the 22-year-old has started the last seven Premier League games, keeping one clean sheet in the process. The youngster is an imposing figure in the Wigan goal and has great agility for his large frame.
Pablo Hernández
Pablo Hernández
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The ex-Valencia man will be called upon to be the spark left by leading scorer Michu's absence. The Spain international has the ability to change a game with a piece of brilliance what the Premier League hasn't seen too much of this season. With Michu injured, Hernandez could be the Swans' best chance of an attacking threat for the game at the DW stadium and manager Michael Laudrup will be looking to the 28-year-old to end their seven-match winless run.
Prediction
The visitors are in a terrible run of form as of late and have very little to play for sitting in ninth position and top flight status already assured. The Latics are looking for another 'great escape' and look the more motivated of the two sides.
Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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