Wigan v Swansea City Sat 15:00
The ‘Battle at the Bottom’ is as tight as ever this season and with just two points between last place and 16th, Wigan can climb up four places and out of the drop zone should they record a home win on Saturday as Stan James make Roberto Martinez’s side odds against favourites at the DW Stadium.
The Latics will host Swansea City as they look to extend their unbeaten run to four games and once again survive in the English top flight.
February saw the 20th placed side earn draws against Everton and Aston Villa and also record a win over Bolton Wanderers.
Roberto Martinez’s outfit managed to grab a point from their visit to the Liberty Stadium early on in the season and will hope to go one better when the Swans visit the DW Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers’s team aren’t going through one of their better patches of form of late and haven’t earned a point since their win over West Brom in early February.
The Welsh outfit recently suffered a 2-0 loss against Stoke City and succumbed to Paul Lambert’s Norwich two weeks before that.
Although Swansea have managed to make themselves into formidable opposition in their native Wales, their away form hasn’t been quite as impressive.
Conceding an average of 1.85 goals per game on average when not at the Liberty Stadium isn’t the record Brendan Rodgers would have been hoping for but considering the fact that Wigan have the worst home attack in the league, his side can take small comfort in their chances this weekend.
Michel Vorm is expectrd to return between the posts for Swansea, giving the back four a major boost in confidence given the Dutchman’s early season form, as he has recovered from a virus.
Ashley Williams and Joe Allen have been given a clean bill of health following their appearance in Wales defeat to Costa Rica midweek, while leading goalscorer Danny Graham should also be able to start after shaking off a virus.
Defensive midfielder Kemy Agustien will be missing for the rest of the season after sustaining ankle ligament damage.
The game may also signal the return of Alan Tate who, after suffering a broken leg in a freak golf buggy accident, could finally come back to first team football after several reserve matches.
Wigan have no injury concerns, but boss Roberto Martinez may have to rest Antolin Alcaraz and Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa, who both have made long trips back to England from their midweek South American international friendlies.