Preview: Swans v Wigan

29th December 2018
First team

Swansea City will be hoping to end 2018 on a winning note and ease some of their Christmas frustrations when they host Wigan Athletic this afternoon (3pm).

Graham Potter’s men have lost their last two games against Hull and Aston Villa, but will know they had the chances to come away with positive results from both fixtures.

They face a Wigan side who are going through a tough run of form and have lost their last four games.

Should there be a winner this afternoon then one side will be heading into 2019 with a spring in their step.

Team news

Swansea are waiting on the fitness of Wayne Routledge, who missed the Boxing Day defeat to Villa with a tight calf.

The clash with the Latics is expected to come too soon for Tom Carroll, while Martin Olsson is a long-term absentee.

Wilfried Bony had been carrying a groin problem but was fit enough to feature from the bench against Villa.

Pre-match views

Graham Potter: “It would be great for us to finish the year with a victory.

“We have had a couple of disappointing results but all we can do now is focus on the next one.

“The only thing we can do is dust ourselves down and prepare for a tough game where we can try and be positive and get three points.”

Oli McBurnie: “It’s happened too much this season where we’ve dominated games, but not come away with the three points. That’s something we need to change."

Paul Cook: “It is a long season; we are all feeling a little bit low at the minute with the results because we are not on a great run like we have been in the last 18 months.

"The players are doing as much as they can, though, lads like Kal Naismith are growing in the team and Callum McManaman was excellent against West Brom – he gave us a spark that we haven’t had and that’s great credit to him.”

Remember the last time?

The two sides last met at the DW Stadium in October; the game ended goalless despite there being numerous chances at both ends.

The most recent meeting in SA1 was back in October 2012 when goals from Michu and Pablo Hernandez helped Michael Laudrup’s men to a 2-1 win, despite Emmerson Boyce’s effort for the visitors.

Fourteen months previously the fixture had created history as a Premier League game was played in Wales for the first time.

That contest ended goalless, with Michel Vorm making a crucial late save to deny Ben Watson’s spot-kick.

Wigan’s last away win at Swansea came in April 1991 as the Latics claimed an emphatic 6-1 triumph at The Vetch.

Prime numbers

5 – Swansea are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with the Latics, winning three and drawing two of those games.

2013 – The year 2013 will go down in the annals of both clubs as it marked the year they secured their first major trophies. Swansea City beat Bradford to claim the League Cup, with Wigan securing FA Cup success with victory over Manchester City.