Man in the middle | Gavin Ward

22nd January
First team

Gavin Ward will be the man in the middle when Swansea City face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.

The Surrey official has refereed in the EFL since 2007, and this will be his second Swans fixture of the season after taking charge of the home defeat to Brentford in October.

Ward also oversaw three Swansea fixtures last term.

He was at the helm of the home win over Bolton, the defeat at Bristol City and the FA Cup third-round win at Aston Villa.

Ward will be assisted by Rob Smith and Andrew Fox. The fourth official is Andy Woolmer.