PREVIEW: Birmingham v Swans
25th January 2014
The Swans will be looking for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup when they travel to Birmingham on Saturday (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side overcame Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round of the competition, to set up this weekend's clash at St Andrews.
Birmingham swept past Bristol Rovers in round three with a comfortable 3-0 win and the Championship side will be looking to do the double over Swansea after knocking them out of this season's Capital One Cup back in September.
The Swans will also be looking to the FA Cup for some respite from their recent league form, which has seen them win just once in their last nine games in the Premier League.
Birmingham will also be looking for a change of fortune after two straight league defeats have left the Blues just five points clear of the Championship drop zone.
Lee Clark's side have only lost twice in their last 13 games in all competitions and are bidding to reach the fifth round for the first time in three seasons.
Swansea could welcome back both Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman for the trip to St Andrews.
Birmingham have new signing Albert Rusnak available after the midfielder joined on loan from Manchester City on Friday, while Lee Clark has Tom Adeyemi and Peter Lovenkrands back amongst his squad.
WHAT THEY SAID
Birmingham boss Lee Clark: "I want to win the game. I will be putting out players to win the game because it would a great feather in our cap if we could beat Swansea in another competition.
"It's not just about the cup. Winning becomes a good habit and going on an unbeaten run is a good habit and I will be sending the players out to try and do that."
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "I've always said I like the cup competitions, because they are the quickest way to success for smaller clubs. But the most important thing for us is the Premier League.
"There is something about winning games, and if you win it should give you something and I hope that is the case this weekend."
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