Preview: Leeds United v Swans

13th February 2019
First team

Swansea City will be looking to end a 70-year wait for a win at Elland Road when they face Leeds United tonight (7.45pm).

The Swans have been on a good run of form of late, suffering defeat in just one of their last nine matches in all competitions.

It has helped them remain just six points off the Championship play-off places, and advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

But that record will face a stern test against a Leeds side who currently sit second in the table, and who are desperate to end a 15-year wait for a return to the Premier League.

History does not favour the Swans.

They have not tasted victory against the Whites in their own backyard since 1949, with the 16 meetings at Elland Road since that day resulting in 13 defeats and just three draws.

However, Swansea have made a habit of bucking such historical trends over recent years, and they will travel full of confidence due to recent form.

Additionally, Leeds have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions, losing five as Marcelo Bielsa's men look to keep themselves in those automatic promotion spots.

If the game between these sides at the Liberty is anything to go by, we could be in for another thriller played out in what is sure to be a febrile Elland Road atmosphere.

Team news

The Swans are waiting on the fitness of a trio of players as Oli McBurnie, Declan John and Wayne Routledge are assessed.

Top scorer McBurnie came on against Millwall at the weekend but has been struggling with illness, while John and Routledge are nursing ankle and calf complaints respectively.

Leroy Fer will also miss out for the Swans as he continues to recover from the hamstring problem he picked up against Birmingham.

Pre-match views

Graham Potter:  "They are very strong at home, Elland Road is a hostile place, it is very difficult and very aggressive.

"They have good players who are well coached so it is a really tough game.

"Their form is probably not as good as they would like but in those games they could have won, and that’s how football goes.

"But the performances have been good. It’s a great challenge for us to go there and test ourselves against a really good team."

Cameron Carter-Vickers: “We will have to be right at it to get a result. It is a new game we have to be right.

“I played Leeds when at Sheffield United last season. We won 2-1 at Elland Road. It was probably up there with one of my favourite games.

“Whenever you play at Elland Road it is a good atmosphere and they get right behind their team, so it will be our job to keep them quiet and get our fans going.

“They are the atmospheres you want to play in. Big stadiums and loud crowds only inspire us further. We have to use that as motivation in the game."

Marcelo Bielsa: "For me Swansea is a big team. It's a team that hasn't used it's full potential so far, it's a team that has a counter culture, they have players that are very good with the ball and I like how Swansea plays.

"We all agree with the fact that in the Championship we don't have any easy games. We know it's difficult to have good results. You don't win many games with a huge difference in the score. It's very difficult to draw conclusions."

Remember the last time?

Swansea have no visited Elland Road since the season they were promoted to the top flight under Brendan Rodgers.

But it ended in defeat, despite the Swans taking the lead through Stephen Dobbie.

The Scot fired home after Lee Naylor had made an error of judgement from a ball over the top.

The lead lasted until just before the hour mark when Bradley Johnson emphatically fired home a rebound after Dorus de Vries had saved Naylor's header.

And Luciano Becchio ensured the hosts took all three points with his close-range finish on 64 minutes, although Scott Sinclair was denied an equaliser by the woodwork.

Prime numbers

17 - Swansea have scored 17 goals in their eight games so far in 2019, it took them 16 games to reach that tally from the start of the season.

70 - Swansea City have not beaten Leeds at Elland Road in 70 years. Their last win there came on September 3, 1949, with goals from Billy Lucas and Frankie Scrine sealing a 2-1 triumph.