Wigan v Swans: The big talking points

1st October 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Swansea City will look to build on their resounding weekend win over Queens Park Rangers when they go to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

But they can expect a stern test against Paul Cook’s impressive Latics side.

Here are all the main talking points heading into the game.


Keep up the good work

The Swans will be looking for more of the same on the road on Tuesday night having impressed away from the Liberty so far this season.

Graham Potter’s team have lost just one of their five away games to date, and that was in contentious circumstances at Stoke.

The Swans have claimed memorable comeback wins at Sheffield United and Millwall, while there were creditable draws at Birmingham and Middlesbrough.

Can they chalk up another positive result at Wigan?


Fortress DW

Middlesbrough had not dropped a point on their own patch this season until the Swans travelled to Teesside 10 days ago and scrapped their way to a goalless draw.

Now Potter’s men tackle a Wigan side who have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at home this term.

That is a fine return for a team who have just been promoted from League One.

Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Hull and Bristol City have all been seen off at the DW Stadium, while Nottingham Forest scored a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

That record suggests that anything the Swans get tomorrow will have to be earned.


Will Potter shake things up?

The Swans boss has not been shy so far this season when it has come to making changes, whether they are to the shape of his team or the personnel involved.

The fact that this is another three-game week could encourage him to shuffle his pack once more, as he did at Stoke a couple of weeks back.

The likes of Martin Olsson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jay Fulton, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Barrie McKay – as well as skipper Leroy Fer – will all hope to win a recall.

But in truth, it is not easy to predict what line-up Potter will pick.


Mulder the miser

Erwin Mulder was left in the stands last season as he played back-up to Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

But after Nordfeldt’s injury early this term handed him an opportunity, Mulder has grabbed his chance to impress.

Last Saturday’s shutout against QPR was his third in four games and his fifth in just nine appearances overall.

That is a record that any keeper would be delighted with.


Familiar faces

Tuesday’s fixture sees Jay Fulton goes back to the club he played for on loan in the second half of last season.

And having struggled for game-time while at Wigan, the Scot will be hungry to make an impression should Potter give him the opportunity.

In the home ranks, meantime, will be the popular former Swan Shaun MacDonald.

The Blaenymaes-born Welsh international is unlikely to play, however, given that his only appearance so far this term came in the Carabao Cup.