Preview: Swans v Notts County

6th February 2018
First team

Swansea City bid to book a place in round five of the Emirates FA Cup when they take on Notts County at the Liberty tonight (8.05pm).

The two sides are meeting for the second time in 10 days after the original tie ended in a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.

Luciano Narsingh put the Swans ahead in that game, but the Magpies fought back after the break and levelled through veteran striker Jon Stead.

That left the Swans facing a second successive cup replay after their third-round meeting with Wolves was decided at the second time of asking.

The prize on offer tonight is a trip to Sheffield Wednesday – Carlos Carvalhal’s former club – in the last 16.

The game is also an opportunity for the Swans to maintain momentum ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

Carvalhal’s side are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions, and will be desperate to extend that run against opponents from League Two.


Team news

Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer are both beginning long injury lay-offs, and the Swans’ problems do not end there.

Carvalhal has revealed that Renato Sanches faces a month out with a hamstring problem, while Leon Britton and Angel Rangel will also be missing tonight.

January signings Andre Ayew and Andy King are ineligible for the cup.

Michael O’Connor and Matt Tootle are fitness doubts for Notts County, but Rob Milsom is back in the fold.

Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons is suspended.


What they said

Carlos Carvalhal: “We are happy to play these cup games. We understand the prestige of this competition. We have to respect that and we also must respect Notts County.”

Notts County keeper Adam Collin: "It will be a good occasion for everybody and we're all looking forward to it. It's on TV so hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and progress to the next round."


Last six meetings

27. 01. 18 Notts County 1 Swans 1

05. 03. 05 Notts County 1 Swans 0

18. 12. 04 Swans 4 Notts County 0

20. 02. 01 Swans 0 Notts County 1

12. 09. 00 Notts County 0 Swans 1

24. 02. 98 Notts County 2 Swans 1


Pre-match stats

7 – The Swans go into this game having gone seven games without defeat in all competitions. That is their joint-longest unbeaten stretch since 2009-10.

3 – Lee Trundle scored three times the last time the Swans faced Notts County at home back in 2004. Kenny Jackett’s team won the game 4-0.