Premier League Preview: Swansea City - Wigan Athletic
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 is 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.
Center back Kyle Bartley (thigh) is also out with a long-term issue that might not see him return until 2013.
Roberto Martinez saw many of his players 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 as part of a three-man back line, 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 has lost just one of its last seven home Premier League games, recording three wins, but has now conceded 11 goals in its last five league matches.
- 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 both 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Swansea City 2-1 Wigan Athletic
- 11.89 %
Swansea City 2-0 Wigan Athletic
- 11.19 %
Swansea City 2-2 Wigan Athletic
- 9.79 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 7, 2013||Wigan Athletic 2 - Swansea City 3|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 20, 2012||Swansea City 2 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Mar 3, 2012||Wigan Athletic 0 - Swansea City 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Aug 20, 2011||Swansea City 0 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Oct 26, 2010||Wigan Athletic 2 - Swansea City 0|
|Dec 4, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Newcastle 0||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Manchester City 3 - Swansea City 0||EPL|
|Nov 28, 2013||Swansea City 0 - Valencia 1||EL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Fulham 1 - Swansea City 2||EPL|
|Nov 10, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke 3||EPL|
|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
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