Preview: Swans v Wolves

17th January 2018
First team

Swansea City aim to progress to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening (7.45pm).

Carlos Carvalhal’s men are looking to build on last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League, when Jordan Ayew's strike earned the Swans a point.

The Swans face the third-round replay at the Liberty following their goalless draw at Molineux earlier this month.

Carvalhal’s side can expect another challenging contest against the Championship leaders.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are 10 points clear in the second tier following a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

 

Team news

Kyle Naughton will be in contention for a start for the Swans after completing a three-match suspension.

The Swans are waiting for news on the likes of Mike van der Hoorn, Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham, while Angel Rangel is expected to miss out.

Carvalhal has indicated that he will make some changes to the side which faced Newcastle at the weekend.

Wolves boss Nuno will be boosted by the return from suspension of Danny Batth, but Phil Ofosu-Ayeh is not expected to feature.

 

What they said

Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal: “The league is our priority but we will respect the cup. We will try to progress to the fourth round.”

Wolves keeper John Ruddy: “We picked up a point (against Barnsley) at the weekend, albeit a disappointing point from our point of view, but the most important game now is Swansea in the cup on Wednesday and then after that we look at Forest.”

 

Last six meetings

06. 01. 18 Wolves 0 Swans 0

28. 04. 12 Swans 4 Wolves 4

22. 10. 11 Wolves 2 Swans 2

28. 10. 08 Wolves 2 Swans 1

04. 10. 08 Swans 3 Wolves 1

11. 09. 02 Swans 2 Wolves 3

 

Pre-match stats

3 – The Swans are hoping to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in three years. They last reached the fourth round following a 6-2 win at Tranmere Rovers in 2015.

4 – Wolves have been eliminated in four of their last five FA Cup replays, including their last three. They have not progressed away from home in an FA Cup replay since beating Oldham 11 years ago.

 

*Tickets for tonight’s game against Wolves are still available online HERE, over the phone at 01792 616400 and at the Ticket Office. Supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid queues getting into the stadium.