May 7, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT
A huge afternoon of EPL action could prove pivotal in the relegation battle, as Wigan Athletic face Swansea City at the DW Stadium. Elsewhere Manchester City host West Brom, with City focusing on Saturday’s FA Cup final with Wigan.
But games will kick off at 2:45pm ET.
Wigan are aiming to pile the pressure on the sides above them with a win, as the relegation scrap still promises plenty of twists and turns between now and the end of the season.
The Latics 3-2 victory at West Brom on Saturday leaves them just three points behind a whole host of sides including Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich.
Roberto Martinez’ side are the masters of escaping the drop, with late rallies saving their EPL status during the last three seasons. Could this year prove a step too far?
What they’re saying…
Roberto Martinez: “Swansea have made history this season in securing a third campaign in the top flight and bringing home their first piece of major silverware which is remarkable and for which Michael Laudrup deserves huge credit. On Tuesday night you’re going to see two footballing sides with similar concepts, both looking forward to playing European football next season which I think is an incredible achievement.”
Ben Davies: “They are fighting for their lives, but we’ve got to go up there and spoil their party. It’s not nice saying it like that, but we need points too because we want to finish as high as possible.
Tuesday’s game is an opportunity to get three points and create a little gap between ourselves and the teams below us. So we need to get points just as much as they do.”
While just to the East of Wigan in Manchester, City host West Bromwich Albion with a chance to step closer to sealing second place in the EPL.
Robert Mancini’s side also have the FA Cup final against Wigan on Saturday to worry about, so plenty of regulars will be rested for the game at the Etihad.
West Brom have had a fantastic season, despite falling away in the second half of the campaign. Their defeat to Wigan at the weekend leaves them wanting to secure more points from their final few games, as Steve Clarke shoots for a place in the top ten.
What they’re saying…
Roberto Mancini: “They play very well. They have had a very good season. They started the season very well. I remember our game away to them, it was really difficult. Lukaku has had a great season too, he is very quick and very powerful and has scored lots of goals.”
Youssouf Mulumbu: “We don’t even need the gaffer to speak a lot when you play against big sides.
We will be ready to do something and we don’t need to be scared about City or about United. We’ve shown some good things against big teams. I’m really confident and I hope we’re going to win.”
Predictions: My heart says Wigan will get another win to give themselves a lifeline, but I think Swansea will be determined to end the season well, therefore an entertaining 2-2 draw will play out. While Manchester City will ease to victory against West Brom, 3-1.
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