Roberto Martinez returns to the Liberty Stadium two years after stepping down as manager of Swansea, with the Spaniard having laid the blueprint for City’s future success thanks to his football philosophy of playing an entertaining and attacking game.
Martinez chose to return to Wigan, where he had enjoyed a successful playing career, while Brendan Rodgers was placed in the Swansea hotseat shortly after the ill-fated reign of Paulo Sousa.
Rodgers saw his Swans ripped to pieces by Manchester City towards the end of Monday night’s game, although it has been overlooked that the Welsh side were very much in the game during the first half, dominating possession against their illustrious rivals.
The bookies make them favourites at 6/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory in their first Premier League match at the Liberty and they can be sure of getting rapturous support from a home crowd that have waited a long time to see City in the top flight.
Danny Graham (6/1 Victor Chandler) will once again lead the line for the home side, although Scott Sinclair is possibly better value at 13/2 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) on the basis that the former Chelsea winger takes the penalties and is constantly looking to get into goalscoring positions.
Wigan started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Norwich and it was a game that the Latics dominated for large parts, although they too lacked a cutting edge. Even so, Victor Chandler’s 14/5 about the visitors might appeal to punters, especially against a side that did ultimately concede four goals in their last game.
With two teams playing an expansive style of football, it is something of a surprise to see Paddy Power going 11/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals, with the only downside being that neither team have got a predator in attack.