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Wigan Athletic vs Swansea City & Manchester City vs West Brom: Open Thread

believe in wigan 600x415 Wigan Athletic vs Swansea City & Manchester City vs West Brom: Open Thread

Who would have thought that a game between Wigan Athletic and Swansea City will create so much interest? If Wigan beats Swansea today, then there will be eight Premier League sides scrambling to try to get out of the relegation zone. Not only will supporters for Wigan and Swansea be paying close attention to the result of this game, but so will neutral fans as well as supporters of Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke, Fulham and Southampton.

If Wigan wins today, we could end up with ‘Survival Sunday’ being the most exciting in the history of the Premier League. Two years ago, five teams had the threat of being relegated on the final day of the season, which generated 81 different relegation scenarios based on the results that day.

Wigan starting XI: Robles, Kone, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Watson, Maloney, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Scharner.

Swansea starting XI: Vorm, Williams, Britton, Hernandez, Routledge, Monk (c), Shechter, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Davies.

On Swansea’s team, they’re without Michu and Lamah due to injuries, but Chico Flores is also out, which is a surprise (he’s not even on the bench). Angel Rangel looks like he’ll start as a right winger instead of right back, so manager Michael Laudrup shaken the team up for this match.

In the other match today, Manchester City plays West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Richards, Kolo Toure, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko.

West Brom starting XI: Myhill; Tamas, Dawson, Olsson; Jones, Mulumbu, Morrison, Yacob, Ridgewell; Rosenberg, Lukaku.

For readers in the United States, both matches will be shown on television while one is available on the Internet. Read the TV/Internet schedule for all the details.

Join the conversation with football supporters from around the world in the comments section below.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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