MATCH PREVIEW: Tranmere v Swans

3rd January

The Swans kick off their FA Cup campaign with a third round tie against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (3pm).
Garry Monk's are back in action on Merseyside just two days after the 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers on New Year's Day.
That result kept the Swans ninth in the Premier League table, but attention now switches to the FA Cup.
Tranmere are currently third from bottom in SkyBet League Two and overcame Oxford United in the second round to reach this stage.
They are managed by former Swans boss Micky Adams, who spent two weeks in charge at the Vetch Field back in 1997.
The two sides have met just once before in the FA Cup with Tranmere winning 2-1 in the fifth round at Prenton Park back in February 2004.

Swansea are expected to make changes to the side that faced QPR on New Year's Day, while Wilfried Bony and Ki Sung-Yueng have now departed for the African Cup of Nations and Asia Cup respectively.
Tranmere will assess striker Kayode Odejayo (groin), while on-loan Josh Thompson and Shamir Fenelon have permission to play from their parent clubs.

Tranmere boss Micky Adams: "We'll need two balls, one for them and one for us.
"If they have an off day, we have a bit of luck and our goalkeeper has a good day then we could beat them."

Swans boss Garry Monk: "We'll have to make changes, but they wont be wholesale. I'll still put out a side that I feel can win the game.
"It will be a tough game, it is a tight pitch at Tranmere and it will be difficult to play football. 
"They will be looking at home advantage, but I'll be taking it very seriously."

  • The last five FA Cup matches at Prenton Park have all been won by a one-goal margin (two defeats and three wins for Tranmere)
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Tranmere in all competitions (W4 D3)
  • The Swans have gone eight FA Cup matches without a clean sheet
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