The DW Stadium welcomes Swansea City to play on its hallowed turf this Saturday in what is gearing up to be an intriguing matchup.
Especially so given that while the Swans are in a rich vein of form, defensive lapses have cost them dearly. And if there’s one thing the hosts can provide, it’s attacking creativity.
If only such prowess in the attacking lineup could be translated into defensive steel in and around the Latics back four.
Yes, Paul Cook’s men have a problem in keeping compact while defending their own goal, hence our Wigan vs Swansea City predictions wagering in favour of the visitors.
Which falls in nicely with our 2019/20 Championship season preview. Who would’ve thought?
But first things first…
Wigan vs Swansea City Predictions
Steven Cooper’s men have continued to put in promising performances as the Championship season has progressed, despite struggling in the early stages of the season.
And it’s exactly the kind of form needed if Swans fans are to believe in chairman Huw Jenkins affirmation of a return to top-flight English football.
Fortunately, the Liberty Stadium faithful were gifted with exactly that in South Wales last weekend when they claimed a deserved 1-0 derby win over a lacklustre Cardiff City team.
It was Ben Wilmot who produced the heroics from a smart short corner in the 27th minute of the game in a period of the game where the hosts were entirely dominant despite making six changes ahead of the clash.
From there on, Swansea’s experience showed through the likes of Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer – survivors of the last clash between the two which took place five years ago – to put the game to bed.
Such was their awareness and tactical guile that the Bluebirds were unable to even penetrate the defensive third.
Sure, Cardiff showed signs of a fightback as they looked to exploit the host’s defensive lapses. And yet Cooper’s side were too powerful to be brushed aside.
Perform anywhere close to this and our Wigan vs Swansea City predictions are wagering that the Latics will be in for a long evening at the DW.
Especially if recent performances are anything to go by. Indeed, in last week’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Bristol City, Cook’s side had their defensive struggles well and truly exposed by a nifty Bristol attack.
Just four days after squandering points against Derby County, Wigan were at it again when they allowed Pedro Pereira space at the near-post to equalise late in the game.
The hosts had plenty of chances to claim all three points themselves too through a last-minute shot from Andreas Weimann, had it not been for the Latics attacking prowess.
Instead, the defeat means that this weekend’s hosts were denied of only a second away victory since August, and now languish in 18th place – music to the ears of travelling Swansea City fans.
Wigan vs Swansea City Head To Head
Recent performances in the Championship do not reveal that this has been a particularly tough fixture for Cooper’s men.
Indeed, the last game between the pair which took place last Christmas was a testament to that, ending in a 2-2 draw.
And the game prior to that also saw the spoils of war being shared. Yet, aside from these two draws, the visitors have had joy in this tie too, further fueling our Wigan vs Swansea City predictions.
What’s more, going by the Swans attacking contributions, it’s far more likely to see a repeat of those victories then another scrappy contest.
Wigan Team News
The Latics are already operating as the underdogs, but they’ve been dealt with news that could foresee further damage unfold come Saturday.
And the news in question surrounds their talisman, Charlie Mulgrew, whose been an inspirational figure amidst a shaky back four.
Alongside Chey Dunkley, the 33-year-old has been stringent and disciplined. Which is why his absence this weekend will prove to be so costly for the hosts.
Indeed, Mulgrew has been nursing a knock ever since last weekend’s clash against Bristol City. And although defensive cover is present in Danny Fox, his experience and skills will be sorely missed.
With Fox and Dunkley, the responsibility now lies in keeping the Swans quiet – a predicament our Wigan vs Swansea predictions don’t see unfolding.
Swansea City Team News
Joe Rodon is the name that keeps coming out of the Swans camp. And rightly so, given the importance of the 22-year-old in Cooper’s squad.
Unfortunately, the Welshman has been touch and go on the sidelines with an ankle injury that he picked up during the win against Brentford.
The good news is that intel coming from the training ground in Fairwood suggests that Rodon is on his way back, with knock settling.
Whether or not he’ll be fit for this Saturday’s proceedings is still in contention. But if he is included, our projections are wagering the little magician will be in amongst the action.
Wigan vs Swansea City Betting Tips
Even our betting tipsters believe our Wigan vs Swansea City predictions have some resonance.
Especially given the kind of odds they’re doling out, with the Swans operating as 29/20 betting favourites.
Meanwhile, the odds about a win for the hosts aren’t looking so good – a 19/10 pick in our Wigan vs Swansea City match bets which doesn’t inspire confidence.
Sure, there are chances of the points being shared (9/4), but the Swans attacking dominance should make a feature again and power the visitors back to the top of the Championship table.