Roberto Martinez faces his old team to see if he can get Wigan Athletic into the hat for the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup and with Swansea selling out their allocation, the atmosphere from the fans who once adored him will be something special.


There is looking to be a very good following from South Wales after the news that they have sold out their allocation, we can only ask for as many Latics fans to get down to the DW Stadium tonight to cancel out their noise.


The conditions are looking to be very wet and so it could be a very lively game with a slippery surface on offer. Swansea will be looking to continue their decent run in all competitions, as they lie third in the Championship and will be looking for a major upset to get past the Third Round in the League Cup for the first time in their history.


Latics have of course already made it the final of this competition before and it is something both Roberto and the fans would want to emulate again, albeit with a more favourable ending.


Since that final though, we have gone out to lower league opposition on three of the four occasions and we will hope not to do that again tonight. We came back well against Preston and will need to show that sort of desire from the off against the Swans.


Our visitors have had good wins themselves away against Tranmere and Peterborough, both 3-1 and a home win against Barnet 3-0 to get themselves their giant killing mach tonight.


Martinez might well get a mixed reception from the Welsh boys, but we need to get bodies in the ground tonight to get behind him and the lads, so if you can make it get down there. Entry is £10 (£5 for kids and concessions) and you will be able to pay on the gate/ticket office right up until kick off……


Tickets for tonight’s big Carling Cup Round 4 clash with Roberto Martinez’s former club Swansea City are available until kick off and the gaffer has urged Latics fans to come in their numbers to cheer on the team into the next round.

Tickets are priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for concessions.  Supporters wishing to sit in the Springfield (West Stand) should buy their tickets from the main ticket office.  Please note that there are NO CASH PAYMENTS ON THE WEST STAND.

Supporters wishing to sit in the Boston (East) Stand can pay cash on Turnstiles J 1, 2, 3 & 4 and L4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. Please note that for this game the East Stand is unreserved seating. The South Stand will remain closed for this game.

Swansea have sold out their allocation and Roberto is expecting a real cup tie atmosphere in the stadium tonight.

“They will make a lot of noise,” he said, “but I know what the DW Stadium can be like when its gets rocking and it’s up to our fans to make it their own again tonight.

“British cup games are unique, when it’s a one-off contest and divisional status goes out of the window. These are the nights that the fans remember and it’s up to us all, players, management and supporters to make it another great night in our history.”