Carling Cup: Wigan v Swansea Preview and Team News
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez gets a second chance to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals when he takes on his former club Swansea City in the fourth round on Tuesday night.
Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to new customers and offer money back specials for the fourth round Carling Cup tie between Wigan and Swansea in the DW Stadium at 7.45pm on Tuesday night.
It was during his successful spell at Swansea that Martinez fell at this hurdle when losing at home to Watford in the 2008/09 competition and he will hope to reach the quarter-finals at this attempt as Wigan manager.
Martinez won his first managerial silverware when leading Swansea to the League One title in 2008 and the Carling Cup represents his best opportunity to win a trophy with Wigan.
Spectators should be in for tight battle as both sides are in great form, Wigan are unbeaten in five games and Swansea have lost just once in the last nine games.
Bookmakers are taking a cautious approach to Swansea’s visit; the team is flying high in third place in the Championship and will have noisy support from 4,500 fans who took up the full allocation of tickets.
888 Sport bet 11/4 for Swansea to upset their former boss with a win in normal time and bet365 are prepared to offer odds of 6/5 for the Premier League outfit to win.
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy will miss the game after suffering an ankle injury against Bolton on Saturday.
Central defender Gary Caldwell is unlikely to be risked so soon after returning from hip surgery and England under-21 midfielder Tom Cleverly is ineligible.
Chris Kirkland could keep his place in goal after stepping in for on-loan Bolton keeper Ali Al Habsi who didn’t play against his parent club on Saturday.
Swansea’s 21-year-old winger Scott Sinclair will be eager to make an impression in front of Wigan fans, the Chelsea loanee spent last season at the DW Stadium but was given just two starts, spending most of his time coming from the bench.
His spell at Swansea is bearing fruit having scored 10 times including a hat-trick in the third round win against Peterborough.
Centre half Ashley Young and forward Joe Allen picked up slight knocks in the 2-0 win over Leicester at the weekend but are expected to be fit.
Swansea have been given permission from Middlesbrough to play on-loan striker Marvin Emnes and he could feature following his influential introduction on Saturday.
Coming on at half time, Emnes scored one goal and set up the other to ensure victory against Leicester.
William Hill are offering odds of 4/1 for Emnes to keep up the momentum and score in normal time on Tuesday.