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24-year-old in: The likely XI Cooper will field for Swansea against Wigan

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Swansea City will be aiming to build on last weekend’s excellent South Wales derby victory when they travel to face Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Ben Wilmot scored a 24th-minute winner against Cardiff City to seal a memorable 1-0 win, and Steve Cooper will now be hoping his side can take confidence from this success when they make the journey up north.

The Swans are sitting fourth in the Championship table following their derby victory, with their unbeaten away record having helped them cement their spot in the play-offs after the first 14 matches of the season.

Cooper’s side are still yet to lose on their travels this season, with this having seen them overcome the likes of Leeds and QPR, but they now face a tough challenge against a Wigan side who have won their last three home matches.

The Swansea boss faces a selection dilemma following the triumph over Cardiff, as he will now need to decide whether to stick with the same starting line-up or make small changes ahead of the DW Stadium clash.

Here is the starting line-up Cooper could field against the Latics…

Should Swansea name an unchanged side for the trip to Wigan?

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Freddie Woodman has been the undisputed number-one choice for Swansea this term, and his excellent performance in the South Wales derby means he will retain his place ahead of Kristoffer Nordfeldt for the trip to Wigan.

Cooper made the bold call to leave regular right-back Connor Roberts on the bench for the Cardiff clash, and the solid showing from Kyle Naughton in his absence means the latter should now keep his place in the side against the Latics.

Jake Bidwell also did enough against Cardiff to keep his place at left-back, while Ben Wilmot will retain his place alongside Mike van der Hoorn in central defence after scoring the winning goal for his side, with usual centre-back Joe Rodon absent with injury.

The Wales international has now been ruled out for around three months, so Wilmot will get a chance to have his first prolonged run in the side following his loan move from Watford.

Matt Grimes and George Byers delivered an accomplished midfield performance against the Bluebirds, and this should see the duo reprise their partnership against Wigan, with the other midfield options Jay Fulton and Tom Carroll likely to miss out on a spot in the side.

Cooper shook up his attacking unit ahead of the South Wales derby with Wayne Routledge, Bersant Celina and Nathan Dyer starting behind Andre Ayew in attack, but the Swansea boss could make a slight tweak ahead of the Wigan match.

Summer signing Kristoffer Peterson was unlucky to miss out on a place in the side against Cardiff following his impressive performance against Brentford earlier in the week, and it could be a good opportunity for him to gain more minutes against Paul Cook’s side.

The Sweden international would be likely to enter the side ahead of Dyer, which may seem harsh given his solid wing performance against Cardiff, but Peterson can add more pace to the Swansea side and increase their attacking threat.

The rest of the Swans’ attack should look similar to the Cardiff clash with Routledge and Celina keeping their places, while Ayew looks set to lead the line again following his man-of-the-match performance against the Bluebirds.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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