Article: Swansea City vs Wigan Athletic Matchday | Football, Swansea

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  1. Scottswan

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    Swansea City.................... vs .................... Wigan Athletic

    The Liberty Stadium
    Swansea
    Sat 20/8/11 3PM KO
    Referee Phil Dowd
    For travel information to the stadium and ticket information, click HERE

    Welcome one and all to the first home match thread of the season! I am greatly excited at the prospect of this game, for numerous reasons which will no doubt be discussed, amongst others, later on. At home, we have Swansea City, newly promoted and looking to make their mark on the most watched league in the world. Visiting our humble stadium this week is Wigan Athletic. A team led by no stranger to these parts in Roberto Martinez, he will be looking to improve on last season where they narrowly avoided relegation, and it will be interesting to see how Martinez's style matches up with that of the Swans under Rodgers. We've had two managers since Bobby left, who played more defensively (Sousa) and differently (Rodgers), so it'll be interesting to see the differences in the systems employed by the two teams.

    Martinez's teams, for me, have a tendency to be a little brittle at the back, while playing football going forward that is generally a joy to watch. With the Swans, we were excellent going forward but the onus was on playing good football, not on retaining posession at all costs. Is this still the same? Do Wigan suffer the same inability to defend set pieces and gift goals late on like we did under Bobby? I can't say I know that much about the ins and outs of Wigans results last year so some feedback from their fans would be interesting.

    When Martinez left Swansea, Paolo Sousa came in at the Swans, and we endured a fairly successful season with a more important purpose. While it may have been overdone to the extreme, we became adept at retaining possession at all costs, so when Brendan Rodgers came in, he changed the system to that of a more attacking unit, and started bringing in players he thinks will help the system. I think it's fair to say that the further we get away from the "retain possession at all costs" strategy, the more clinical we'll be and the more goals we'll score, and I think the key is finding the balance between knocking it around the back four, and stepping up a gear and getting forward quickly on the counter when an opportunity arises. Whether we can make an impact in this league remains to be seen, but with this current squad and with the club still riding high on a wave of optimism last seen in South Wales 30 years ago, you'd be hard pushed to find too many naysayers in these parts.

    The Match;
    Swansea City come into this game on the back of a lesson in what having a big wallet can do for you. While we started well, once Man City gained a foothold and a head of steam it seemed, and was, a matter of time until we buckled slightly under the pressure. There's no shame in how we lost, and some of the players on display were in a different category to ours, so we can take great pride in the way we did, on occasion, play some neat football and show the world what we can do. Brendan Rodgers is likely to field an almost identical side to the one which started away in Manchester, with the possible exceptions of Taylor returning at left back, and possibly a change or two in central midfield. Having said that, I'd imagine it will still be Augustien and Dobbie starting, but I think Joey may get the nod ahead of Leon.

    Wigan Athletic arrive at the Liberty after a 1-1 home draw with fellow new boys Norwich. Their fans are likely to be smarting after that, so they'll be hoping to bounce back from that result by beating Bobby's old steeds on their own patch.

    Team News;
    Taylor returns from suspension from the Swans, while Monk and Butler could return to the squad after injury. The latter two are unlikely to feature, although Monk might get a little run out if Rodgers thinks he will benefit from it. One player not involved will be Ryan Harley, who has just gone on loan to Championship new boys Brighton.

    The Latics boast a clean bill of health from the info I can find.

    Trivia; - Courtesy of Eurosport
    The formerly "Completely Guessed Lineups", but now "Actual Matchday Lineups";

    Swansea City
    01 Vorm
    02 Williams
    03 Taylor
    04 Caulker
    22 Rangel
    07 Britton
    11 Sinclair
    12 Dyer
    15 Routledge
    26 Agustien
    10 Graham


    Wigan Athletic
    26 Al Habsi
    03 Alcaraz
    05 G Caldwell
    17 Boyce
    31 Figueroa
    04 McCarthy
    08 Watson
    11 Moses
    14 Gomez
    21 Diame
    09 Di Santo

    Key Battles;
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    Danny Graham vs Gary Caldwell
    It remains to be seen whether Alcaraz will make the squad after his (and Hugo Rodallega's) international exploits, but Graham will most definitely be squaring up to Gary Caldwell. Caldwell, while not as lauded as the centre back partnership Danny had to deal with at the Eitihad Stadium on Monday night, is a seasoned, solid performer. This will be another good test for the former Watford man as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League.

    Analysis;
    This is a very interesting match, as very early on two of the bookies favourites for relegation square up in a potential early six pointer, depending on the outcome of the season. There is a distinct possibility of a "mini-league" developing with teams like the Swans, Norwich, QPR, Wigan, Blackburn... possibly Wolves although I have a feeling they'll do well. Obviously any one of these teams has the potential to break away and push higher into the table, but I feel fans of these teams up and down the country must be thinking the same thing.

    The Swans will hope that with the vociferous home support and familiar home turf they will be able to stamp their authority on the game in it's entirety... not just in spurts as against Man City. Sinclair and Dyer will once again be key, but as many have stated, supplying Danny Graham will be key and whoever plays in the advanced midfield position will need to link better than we did on Monday, otherwise the pickings will be slim again.

    For Wigan, Ben Watson will be looking to control the game after an impressive showing against Norwich. Swans old boy Jordi Gomez also looks likely to feature and it'll be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets from the partisan home crowd. Ali Al-Habsi will be looking to make amends for a blunder which gifted Norwich an equaliser on Saturday but at the same time this will give encouragement to Swansea's forward line.

    As I mentioned earlier, it'll be intriguing to see the clash in styles between the two teams. I expect the Swans to try and control possession and build patiently, while I imagine Wigan will look to get the ball forward quickly and play a little more direct. Rodellega will always be a threat, and the combo of Williams and Caulker will be hoping that they can help start to turn the Liberty Stadium into a fortress at a new, higher level.

    Brendan Rodgers before the game;
    Roberto Martinez before the Swansea game;
    Scottswan's famously biased and ill-fated prediction;

    Swansea City 3 - 1 Wigan Athletic

    A warm welcome to all travelling fans, and I hope we have a good attractive game of football. Does anyone know how many tickets have been sold by Wigan? Comments from those making the trip would be good to hear.

    Scott

    Watch Online;
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  2. Jager

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    1st post ;) great thread mate <ok> I can only see a win for the swans here, Martinez's failures are still the same with Wigan as with the swans , and that is the defence , I can see a 2-0 win for us
     
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  3. Nottage Jack

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    Cracking match thread..Obviously I am hoping for a Swans win , but think it will be too close to call and would not be surprised with a draw or even a late goal to settle it (could be even be in the wrong net from a Jack point of view). God , I hope I am wrong and we can win by a few goals.

    Saying that , even if the result does not bring 3 points to us , let's not make this an assumption about how we will cope over the season. I said before the season started that 4 to 6 points from the first 6 games would be realistic , and with Sunderland and west Brom also at the liberty within the first 6 games , it would still be realistic to get 6 points even if we lost tomorrow.

    C'mon the swans....prove me wrong and every man to play a blinder for a 2-0 victory or better to the Swans.
     
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  4. ReallyReal

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    Great article.
    The game could be an excellent affair being the first PL match in Wales, a full ground of expectant fans and Martinez returning, but could also end up being a bit of a damp squib.
    I'm obviously hoping for a big Latics win, but I'd take a point straight away
     
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  5. Yankee_Jack

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    In the USA, match is on Fox Soccer Plus around 2:30 ET - a delayed showing. Check local times.
     
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  6. Hit The Road

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    One of the best matchday threads I've seen, Scott so well done. Not diving much in August???

    Wigan have become an established Club in the prem and all credit to them for achieving that in a rugby town surrounded by top clubs, but losing N'Zogbia will be a big loss imo. Nice sunny day at the Liberty, hostile crowd, players up for it. 3-0 to the Swans.

    The Martinez legacy in terms of the players he brought in (by and large) and the style of play we've become known for far outweigh the negatives of the manner of his departure which did leave a bad taste. He's moved on but by god so have we. As our Manager has said, please give him the warmest of welcomes then get behind the Swans!
     
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    Another well-written and intelligent thread ;)

    I don't see us scoring 3. 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 maybe.
     
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  8. swainseye

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    Another cracker Scotty, you`re getting good at this matchday thread Malarkey.
    I know it`s early days yet, but we do need to start getting points. Three points would be best, but I`d settle for one ........... at a push. A loss would`nt be the end of the world, but it does`nt help us either.
    Let`s start being a bit more aggressive and getting more players forward, when needed.

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  9. Scottswan

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    Well the missus arrived at 2am this morning for a 3 day break, and I didn't fancy spending ages doing it while she was here so I did it bit by bit over the last few days then posted it today!

    Not been doing much diving the last few weeks to be honest, lots of fluid on my knee... bad news! Body is falling apart at 25...
     
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    Thanks, Scott. Top quality as ever.
     
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    Wompin thread Scotty. Graham and the midfield need to link up better, but I reckon 2-1 to the Jacks. Liberty will be bouncin, and Wigan are definitely one of the group of teams that we can beat this year. Massive game
     
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    Today is the day! Come on the Swans!

    Dobbie, Dyer and Danny to score!
     
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  13. HonkyJack

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    great thread Scott! for me this is the real start of the season and this is a huge huge game for us today. i'll take 3 points however they come. defeat doesn't bear thinking about lol. Jacks all around the world, lets come together as one at 3pm and collectively will them onto victory. STID
     
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    Cheers for the nice words. Anyone got any news on squad details or anything?
     
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    Yea Scott. A mate went to watch training yesterday and he seems to think team will be same as Monday except routledge in for dobbie and Taylor for Tate
     
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    Routledge eh? Interesting... We've signed him so it's only fair he's given a run out. I wouldn't have expected Buck to drop Dobbie at home so early on though. Either way I'm confident either of them can do a job in that position.
     
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  17. Hit The Road

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    I'll be surprised and very disappointed if Dobbie drops to the bench. He should always start, at least in home games. As well as his eye for the killer through ball and his free kicks, he will contribute goals from open play, something Routledge usually doesn't. Routledge has a part to play for us but I'm not convinced that starting ahead of Dobbie is it.

    If I'm wrong then I hope he goes out there and proves it.
     
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    great thread mate cant wait we are the first club to play out of england in the PL looking forward to game 1-2 heres for hoping
     
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  19. Scottswan

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    Teams are in;

    Swansea
    01 Vorm
    02 Williams
    03 Taylor
    04 Caulker
    22 Rangel
    07 Britton
    11 Sinclair
    12 Dyer
    15 Routledge
    26 Agustien
    10 Graham


    Wigan
    26 Al Habsi
    03 Alcaraz
    05 G Caldwell
    17 Boyce
    31 Figueroa
    04 McCarthy
    08 Watson
    11 Moses
    14 Gomez
    21 Diame
    09 Di Santo
     
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  20. Scottswan

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    I'm struggling here! None of the streams work on my ****ty slow internet, and the Swansplayer radio won't work for me!! Gah!! Swansplayer working for anyone else?
     
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