Swans v Brentford: The talking points

16th February
First team

Swansea City and Brentford lock horns at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to seal safe passage through to the sixth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Here are some of the key talking points ahead of this weekend's fixture.

A big chance

While both Graham Potter and Thomas Frank have been quick to make clear they are not daring to think beyond Sunday's game when it comes their respective FA Cup prospects, neither set of fans will need it to be pointed out that there is a big opportunity on the line.

A quick glance through the 16 teams involved in fifth-round ties this weekend revealed that less than half of those remaining in the competition play in the Premier League.

Add to that the fact that Chelsea and Manchester United have been drawn together and it is a certainty that another top-flight side will be heading out of the cup.

Victory this weekend will guarantee a quarter-final place and put the winner just one game away from a trip to Wembley, and supporters will be daring to dream of a big day out under the arch.

The cup has shown why it still holds such a dear place in the hearts of many and the open nature of the way it has unfolded over the course of 2018-19 suggests there could yet be a big prize out there for someone from outside the top-flight in the weeks ahead.

Will in-form Oli start?

Potter noted Oli McBurnie's impact from the bench at Leeds in midweek, a game in which the striker scored his 16th goal of the season and gave the Swans a focal point in the final third.

His scoring record of eight goals in just seven appearances in 2019 is very impressive, particularly when you consider the 22-year-old has been struggling with illness in recent weeks.

Potter was still assessing the striker's fitness when he held his pre-match press conference on Friday, but did say McBurnie was in contention to start against the Bees even though that outcome was far from a certainty.

But the stats do not lie, and the presence of McBurnie would be a boost to Swansea's quarter-final aspirations.

The Scotland international has scored 16 goals this season, meaning he has netted just shy of a third of Swansea's tally of 49 in all competitions.

Add in his four assists and he has been directly involved in 41 per cent of Swansea's goals.

Bees buzzing after good run

If the Swans are to reach the last eight they will have to see off a Brentford side who have been in the very pink of form under Danish coach Frank.

The former Brondby boss suffered eight defeats from his first 10 games at the helm, including that breathless 3-2 reverse against the Swans in December, but he has turned that round in emphatic fashion.

The Bees have lost just once in their last 12 games in all competitions and have not been shy in racking up the goals.

They put five past Blackburn, three past Stoke and Barnet (twice), while scoring a further four against Rotherham.

In the likes of Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins and Sergi Canos they possess potent attacking threats and Swansea will need to be on their guard if they are to knock the visitors out of their stride.