Preview | Swansea City v Wycombe Wanderers

17th April 2021
First team
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Swansea City return to the Liberty Stadium looking to extend their winning run and close in on securing at least a play-off spot against Wycombe Wanderers.

Steve Cooper’s side are back in SA1 after wins on their travels at Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, which ended a run of four-straight losses.

Those results have left the Swans seven points adrift of second-placed Watford, and nine clear of seventh-placed Reading, with five games of the season remaining.

The head coach was pleased with how his side performed on their travels as they ended a run of four straight defeats.

But he has made clear they have to keep picking up results at a key time of the season.

They take on a Wycombe side enjoying one of their best runs of the season, having taken 10 points from the last 18 available, and fighting for Championship survival.

All of which makes this another game with plenty at stake at both ends of the table.

Team news

Liam Cullen

Liam Cullen is nearing a return from an ankle injury after being sidelined since January, although this game may come too soon for him.

The same applies to Steven Benda after the goalkeeper returned to action for the under-23s earlier this week following an ankle injury of his own.

A late decision will be made on Ben Cabango’s inclusion following his breach of Covid rules.

Pre-match views

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Steve Cooper: “We just have to win games. We are aware of the standings and how things are, but if you don’t win games along the way the situation will not change for the better.

“We know there is a big gap to second place and there is a gap down to seventh place, but there are five games left and nothing is impossible until that is mathematically the case.

“We will fight to try and close it, and if you win nothing can get any worse. We just have to win games and that’s where the focus is.

“We have to be ready to go and deliver again.”

Remember the last time?

The Chairboys have not visited the Liberty Stadium since a second round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section clash in October of 2007.

The Swans emerged 2-0 winners on that occasions, with quickfire goals from Guillem Bauza and Paul Anderson sealing victory for Roberto Martinez’s side.

Prime numbers

Ryan Bennett

10 – This will be just the 10th league meeting of Swansea and Wycombe since the Buckinghamshire side were first promoted to the Football League in 1993.

20 – Swansea City now have 20 league clean sheets to their name this season, they are just four adrift of the club record of 24 (2009-10) with five games remaining.

Today’s mascots

Wycombe Wanderers mascots

Today, we welcome our virtual mascots brothers – Toby & Felix Young.

Toby is aged seven, plays football for Cambrian Academy under 8s, and his favourite player is Connor Roberts. 

Felix is aged one and his favourite player is Marc Guehi.  Toby and Felix are from Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Enjoy the game boys!

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