Swans v Blackburn: The big talking points

22nd October 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Swansea City make a swift return to Championship action when they take on Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Here are all the key discussion points heading into the game.

 

Not another Swans old boy

After Tammy Abraham at the weekend, the Swans are set to face another former striker on Tuesday.

Danny Graham was a success during his time in South Wales, where he scored 21 goals in 62 appearances after joining from Watford in 2011.

He had some difficult times after leaving for Sunderland in 2013, but he has found a home at Blackburn, scoring 41 times in 120 games.

Graham hopes to be fit to feature tonight after coming off with a back problem having scored against Leeds on Saturday.

Given their record against ex-players this season, the Swans probably wouldn’t mind if Graham missed out.

Graham has previous, too. He scored just the one goal during a loan spell at Hull in 2013-14 – against the Swans at the Liberty.

 

Home improvements

The Swans ought to have won their last game in SA1, against Ipswich prior to the international break, but defensive sloppiness cost them the points in a match they dominated.

Ipswich joined Bristol City in winning at the Liberty this season, while Leeds and Nottingham Forest both claimed draws.

The Swans have beaten Preston and Queens Park Rangers, giving them eight points from six home league games so far.

Only five Championship teams – QPR, Reading, Bolton, Hull and Ipswich – have taken fewer home points in 2018-19, and all five are below the Swans in the table.

Potter will be desperate to see his team’s record improve on Tuesday night.

 

Rovers on the road

The Swans may be hungry to get another home victory on the board, but nothing will come easy against Blackburn.

The men from Ewood Park chalked up 13 league away wins on their way to promotion last term, losing only four times on the road all season in the third tier.

Their good away form has continued in the Championship.

They have already registered league victories at Blackburn, Stoke and Bolton – plus draws at Ipswich and Derby – with their one away Championship defeat so far coming at Bristol City.

Tony Mowbray’s men will therefore head to Wales in confident mood, particularly after a rousing win over Leeds at the weekend.

 

Who plays for the Swans?

Not for the first time, Potter surprised a few with his team selection at Aston Villa over the weekend.

Cian Harries was handed his Swans league debut as the manager opted for a back three, while the likes of Matt Grimes, Kyle Naughton, George Byers and Daniel James missed out on the starting line-up.

So who will get the nod to face Blackburn?

As Swans fans have discovered this season, it is not easy to predict what set-up Potter will go for.

We will just have to wait and see.

 

Olsson to score?

Bersant Celina scored against former club in the Swans’ last home game, so what price Martin Olsson repeating the trick on Tuesday night?

It would certainly be a welcome boost for Potter’s men as they go in search of three points.

Olsson has enjoyed himself in the past against Blackburn, the club where he made more than 140 first-team appearances having arrived at Ewood Park from Sweden as a teenager.

He faced Rovers twice during his stint at Norwich City, and the Canaries won both games

The Swans will hope it is a similar story on Tuesday night.