Swans v Notts County: The big talking points

6th February 2018
First team

Swansea City go in search of a place in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round when they face Notts County in a fourth-round replay at the Liberty tonight (8.05pm).

The Swans must do battle with the Magpies for a second time in 10 days after they drew 1-1 at Meadow Lane in the original tie.

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

Heading back to Hillsborough?

The reward for the winners tonight will be a trip to Sheffield Wednesday in round five.

What a prospect that must be for Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal, who arrived at the Liberty in December just days after leaving his post as Wednesday boss.

Carvalhal loved his time at the Owls, where he twice came close to inspiring a return to the top flight.

A return to Hillsborough, therefore, would be intriguing.

Shuffling the pack

Carvalhal made eight changes for the Swans’ visit to Nottingham last week, while there were also mass overhauls for the two games against Wolves in round three.

So the likelihood is that there will be another reshuffle this evening, although to some extent the manager’s hands are tied.

The likes of Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Connor Roberts, Kyle Bartley, Luciano Narsingh and Wayne Routledge will all hope for some action.

Flying Magpies

Notts County will arrive in upbeat mood having followed up their 1-1 draw against the Swans by hammering Crewe 4-1 on Saturday.

A ticket offer meant a bumper crowd of more than 17,000 saw Kevin Nolan’s team thump the Railwaymen at Meadow Lane.

County were lauded for their weekend performance, which keeps them third in the League Two table, and now they head to Wales in search of a cup upset.

Who leads the line?

The Swans suffered two heavy injury blows at the weekend as Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer picked up long-term problems.

While Fer might have been in line for a rest, Bony would have been a likely starter tonight had he been available.

Tammy Abraham is an obvious contender to line up in attack, but the Swans are short of alternative frontmen with Andre Ayew ineligible and Oli McBurnie out on loan.

Chance to make a mark

The Swans do not have a great record in the FA Cup, with their best efforts in the competition being a couple of semi-final appearances many moons ago.

Their longest runs in recent times have ended in the fifth round, with their last visit to that stage coming in 2013-14.

The Swans beat Manchester United and Birmingham that season but went out at Everton.

Could there be an opportunity to do something special this spring?

If the Swans can win tonight, they will face a Wednesday side who are currently 17th in the second tier for a place in the last eight.