Swansea City will head into their clash with Wigan in buoyant mood following their excellent 1-0 victory over Cardiff in the South Wales derby last weekend.
Steve Cooper’s side sealed a narrow victory over their bitter rivals courtesy of Ben Wilmot’s 24th-minute header following Wayne Routledge’s cross, and the Swans then displayed the resilience to see out the remainder of the match.
The result moved Swansea up to fourth in the Championship table and saw the Welsh side end a disappointing run of home form, which had seen them fail to win their previous four matches at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swansea boss made a total of six changes to his starting line-up ahead of the Cardiff clash, with the likes of Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and George Byers all entering the side, and this means Cooper now has a number of selection calls to make ahead of his side’s trip to the DW Stadium.
Here are two changes the Swansea boss should be weighing up ahead of the weekend…
Re-introducing Kristoffer Peterson to the starting line-up
Cooper deployed experienced duo Routledge and Dyer on the flanks on Sunday, and this proved to be a successful move as the pair played a key role in the victory with their intelligent wing displays.
They both do not possess the pace they once had earlier in their career, but they have learned to adapt their games in order to become just as effective for their side, and they very much proved this on Sunday.
Cooper must now decide whether to keep both Routledge and Dyer on the flanks, or whether he should recall Kristoffer Peterson who delivered a strong performance against Brentford in the week leading up to the Cardiff match.
The Swansea boss probably decided to drop the Sweden international in order to add more experience to his side, but Peterson could add some much-needed pace to the side ahead of the Wigan match, and Cooper will need to assess the importance of this strength to his game plan.
Should Kristoffer Peterson start for Swansea against Wigan?
Whether Connor Roberts should regain his place in the side
The Welsh international has now been left on the bench for two of Swansea’s last three matches, which suggests that Cooper may have taken a preference to the experience of Kyle Naughton on the right flank.
Roberts has firmly established himself as the first-choice right-back option at the club since the start of last season, but Naughton’s accomplished performance against Cardiff means he could now permanently keep his place in the side.
This may seem somewhat harsh on Roberts given that he has been such a consistent performer over the last year, but he has not always been at his best recently, and a stint out of the side may be good for him.
Cooper must make a decision on this ahead of the Wigan clash, but it does seem likely that Naughton will keep his place at right-back with Jake Bidwell in the left-back role.