On Monday Swansea City Football Club may not have had the dream start to its Premier League campaign but there were plenty of positives from the performance at the Etihad Stadium. No time for too much reflection however as the next game on the incredible journey rapidly approaches. As well as another historical day for Swansea City, Saturday 20 August also brings a bit of history for the Premier League. Talk of the controversial “39th” game crops up from time to time, but Saturday will see the first Premier League match to be played outside England.
Swans fans are eagerly awaiting their Premier League debut on Welsh soil; and what an encounter, with fate, and the Premier League fixture computer getting together to bring Roberto Martinez back to the Club that launched his managerial career.
Roberto will no doubt get a mixed reception on Saturday. Most fans recognise the positive contribution he made to the Club both as a player and manager. But many also remain angry at the manner and timing of his departure. It might be a case of “love him or loath him” as far as the opposition manager is concerned but there is no doubt that all Swans fans will be firmly behind Brendan Rogers and his side.
With around 18,000 home fans urging their side on, the atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium is going to be a bit special. Whilst the City and County of Swansea will no doubt wish to extend a warm welcome to its visitors from North West England, on the field it will be about Premier League points and hopefully Wigan is ready to take its place in history – as Swansea City’s first Premier League “scalp”.