Preview: Swans v Bolton

2nd March 2019
First team

Swansea City will look to bounce back from their Hillsborough disappointment when they host Bolton at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon (3pm).

Graham Potter's men paid the price for a poor first-half display at Sheffield Wednesday, falling to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Owls as a result.

They will be keen to make amends with the gap to the play-off places now standing at nine points, particularly with away days at high-flying Norwich and West Brom next up on the fixture list.

The Swans do have the comfort of being back at the Liberty Stadium, where they are unbeaten in six games since the Boxing Day loss to Aston Villa.

Bolton, meanwhile, have struggled on their travels and - since the start of last season - only Ipswich have suffered more than their 23 defeats on their travels.

But Swansea will be taking nothing for granted after digging out a narrow 1-0 win in the reverse fixture thanks to a wonderful strike from Barrie McKay, and know they face an opponent fighting for their lives at the foot of the table.

Team news

Swansea continue to be without club captain Leroy Fer after the Dutchman suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Graham Potter had hoped to have the midfielder back in training this week, but he looks set to be at least a couple of weeks away from a return from the problem that forced him off during the draw against Birmingham.

With Joe Rodon and Martin Olsson still on the sidelines, it means Potter has the same squad to choose from as at Hillsborough.

Pre-match views

Graham Potter: "It is a really tough game, Phil Parkinson is a competitor who knows this league.

"They are going through some hard times but that can bring the group together to fight and scrap and they will see this as a chance to improve their circumstances.

"We need to not worry too much about that, it's about us looking to play well on the day and understand what they will try and do. We will need to make sure we give everything and we fight to try and get three points."

David Wheater: 

“Everyone’s up for the battle. The manager looks at the character of lads when he brings them in and I think the lads he has got here will be ready.

“We stayed up last season, and we can do it again.”

Remember the last time?

This is Bolton's first visit to the Liberty Stadium since Swansea's first Premier League season of 2011-12. 

The Trotters came to SA1 in October of that campaign looking to end the Swans' unbeaten home record in the top-flight under Brendan Rodgers.

The game proved a tight affair as the visitors defended obdurately, but the sending off of Ricardo Gardner early in the second half - after receiving a second yellow card - proved a turning point.

Within seconds Joe Allen had driven into the Bolton area and fired a low shot into the bottom corner, and a foul by ex-Swan Darren Pratley allowed Scott Sinclair to score from the spot for the third home game in a row.

A Danny Graham own goal gave the visitors a lifeline, but the striker made amends as his stoppage-time strike sealed all three points.

Prime numbers

12 - Bolton have scored 12 goals in 17 games away from home in the Championship, Only Ipswich (10) and Rotherham (11) have scored fewer.

33 - Swansea City have occasionally proven to be slow starters this season, and that is reflected in the fact that 33 of the 54 goals they have scored in all competitions have come in the second half of games. Could we see another Liberty late show?