Swansea v Wigan 15:00
– Two of Swansea’s stars of the season, Michu and Wayne Routledge, were on target in their 2-2 draw with Reading in their last Premier League game
– The pair are now ranked 20th and 23rd in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index respectively, having scored seven goals between them, almost two thirds of Swansea’s total goals for the season
– Routledge also had four assists to his name, the third highest overall in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and the highest for an English player
– With Routledge and Michu contributing the attacking threat, striker Danny Graham has been turning his attention to helping out at the back. Graham has contributed 11 clearances this season, more than any other striker, and just two shy of the 13 efforts at goal he has attempted
– Despite that attacking threat, it’s a defender for Swansea who has received the ball more times than any other player in the team. Ashley Williams has received the ball 471 times
– Wigan earnt a point against early season high fliers Everton in their last game, thanks to goals by Arouane Kone and Franco di Santo
– Kone’s goal was his third of the season, coming from eighteen shots on goal with eleven on target. The Ivory Coast striker also has two assists to his name meaning he has contributed directly to five of his club’s seven goals this season
– Di Santo has also scored three now for Wigan this season from fifteen shots at goal with seven on target
– Full back Jean Beausejour must be praying one of the pair gets on the end of one of his crosses soon – he has put in 23 crosses without being credited an assist, the second highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
– At the other end of the pitch, midfielder James McCarthy has both won and attempted more tackles so far this season than any other player with 25 and 43 respectively. He leads fellow midfielder James McArthur in the tackles attempted category, with McArthur second with 37 tackles attempted
– Wigan also have the top three interceptors in the league in Gary Caldwell (67), Ivan Ramis (60), and Maynor Figueroa (56). The fourth placed player in the category is their opponent in this fixture, Ashley Williams of Swansea, with 48 of which 27 were contributed in the last game against Reading (the most by a player in a single game so far this season). Williams is also ranked fourth for blocks with 11.
– At the last line of defence, goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has been the second busiest goalkeeper in the league so far this season making 40 saves for Wigan. Nine of those saves were against Everton in his last game, enough to rank as the eighth highest number of saves made by a keeper in a single game this season. His counterpart Michel Vorm is ranked fourth with 35 saves.