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Wigan can extract maximum points from snoozing Swansea at the DW

| 06.05.2013

Since their League Cup win put the cherry on top of Swansea’s season back in February, Brian Laudrup’s men seem to have mentally given themselves the rest of the season off. Whilst the Swans stars are busy comparing the swimming trunks they’ll be donning in Dubai, Wigan have vital safety-saving points to accrue and can grab three more against the Welsh side at at the DW.

Looking at Wigan’s remaining fixtures – aside from the glamorous distraction of their Wembley date with Manchester City – Swansea hold easily the most potent promise of points, with a trip to in-form Arsenal and a visit from relegation battling Aston Villa rounding off the season.

Despite their reputation for attacking football the Swans are amongst the division’s lowest away goalscorers, with only Norwich and Stoke giving home fans less to get upset about this term.

Unsurprisingly this has given their recent away record an impoverished look, with their Wembley success the only time Swansea have won away from the Liberty Stadium in nine games.

Wigan have scored more than twice just once at home this season and with their visitors notching more than once in just one of seven matches since the beginning of March there’s a strong chance the fixture will contain under 2.5 goals.

The Latics’s now-traditional springtime win burst has foundered of late on a run of four consecutive away games, but back at the DW they’ll be hopeful of a return to winning ways. Only a painfully unlucky injury-time own goal from skipper Emerson Boyce stopped them from claiming a third successive home win against Spurs last time out.

The hosts’ Callum McManaman has reacted to the furore surrounding his dangerous tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara back in March by turning in several impressive performances of late and he’s notched in the last two outings in which his side have troubled the scorers.  The Latics winger can continue his fine form by notching at any time in proceedings.