Swansea and Wigan are two teams being tipped to struggle through the next Premier League season and after their opening 4-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Monday Brendan Rogers will be hoping his team can bounce back with victory over Wigan.
Swansea were comprehensively beaten at Manchester City but they can take heart in their first half performance. There won’t be many teams who can bring a £38m striker off the bench and today’s opponents are certainly not one of them.
Wigan will go to Swansea knowing that the home side will fancy their chances and of course Roberto Martinez is returning to the club which he onced managed.
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The footballing ethic installed by the Spaniard is still apparent at the Liberty today and ‘The Jacks’ continue to play football in the right way and pass the ball around the pitch, which is pleasing to watch. If the Wigan defence is having an off day then this will mean that Swansea may open them up with a few chances, and with plenty of pace down the flanks in Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge they definitely offer a threat.
Leon Britton is sure to start in midfield and is sure to be snapping at the heels of Ben Watson, while Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who arrived from Utrecht looks more than capable.
The centre back partnership of Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker is set to continue.
Of course, Wigan have Premiership experience on their side and the departure of their star asset Charles N’Zogbia last summer has been tempered with the emergence of Victor Moses in midfield, who looks a very promising player.
Hugo Rodallega now has competition for his place up front with the signing of Franco di Santo and Wigan suddenly have a little depth in their squad.
The stage is now set for one of these teams to step up and take the three points.
Whether it will be enough for Premiership survival come May is another thing, but the Swansea supporters are sure to want to get one over on their former boss and make the journey back to the JW Stadium all the miserable for the Spaniard.