Wigan v Swansea: Key Battles To Watch In Must Win For Wigan

Wigan Athletic will host Swansea City at DW Stadium on Tuesday in a must win match for a Wigan team currently sitting in the relegation zone with just three league matches remaining.

Wigan has had a rough league campaign this season and currently sit in 18th place with 35 points. However, they are just three points behind Newcastle, Norwich, and Sunderland, and just four points behind Southampton, and have a game in hand to work with, which bodes well for their chances of avoiding relegation if they can get some good results. With one of their remaining matches away at the Emirates against Arsenal, WIgan will be looking to get three points at home against a very beatable Swansea City on Tuesday. Athletic also has a huge FA Cup Final match coming up against Manchester City on May 11th so they will be looking to give a good performance against Swansea to build some sharpness and some confidence.

On the other side, Swansea City will be coming into Tuesday’s match in a very different situation as they currently sit 9th in the table with 43 points. The team has performed very well this season under manager Michael Laudrup and has had some impressive results including wins over Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal and draws against Manchester City and Manchester United. They are currently tied with West Ham on points and are only five points ahead of nine other teams so while they do sit in 9th their position could change drastically if they don’t finish the season strong. Swansea will want to finish in the top half of the table for pride and stature, which will give them some motivation heading into Tuesday’s matchup.

Let’s take a look at some of the key battles for Tuesday’s match:

1) Arouna Koné. Ashley Williams

One of the few bright spots this season for Wigan has been the stellar play of striker Arouna Koné. With 11 goals and 5 assists in 29 Premier League matches, Koné has been surprisingly effective considering the lack of talent around him and how poorly the team has played overall. Koné’s pace and finishing ability has proven to be comparable to some of the best in the league and the combination makes him a nightmare to defend. On Tuesday, Koné will be facing a player with similar strength and speed in Swansea defender Ashley Williams, who not only has the ability to stop Koné, he has a fiery personality that often makes for some interesting theatrics on the pitch. Williams has been a consistent presence at the back for Swansea all season and the battle between him and Koné should be fun to watch.

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