Swans v Owls: The big talking points

27th February 2018
First team

Swansea City do battle once more with Sheffield Wednesday tonight as they look to land a place in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

Here are all the main talking points as Carlos Carvalhal gets set for a second reunion in quick succession with his former employers.

Can the Swans bounce back?

Carvalhal has not had too many difficult days since taking charge at the Liberty Stadium at the end of December.

However, Saturday’s trip to Brighton was a gloomy one.

Having made themselves so hard to beat under Carvalhal, the Swans were undone far too easily by the Seagulls.

There may be no Premier League points on offer this evening, but Carvalhal will not want to see another performance like the one his team produced on the South Coast.

Shuffling the deck

Carvalhal has consistently made significant changes to his team in the FA Cup, having stressed all along that staying in the Premier League is what really matters this spring.

There were six alterations to his top-flight team at Hillsborough 10 days ago, and the chances are there will be another mass reshuffle tonight.

To some extent the manager’s hands are tied, with injuries to Angel Rangel, Renato Sanches, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony – plus the ineligibility of Andre Ayew and Andy King – meaning the Swans do not have endless options.

Nevertheless, the likes of Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Connor Roberts, Kyle Bartley, Wayne Routledge, Dan James, Tammy Abraham and, if fit, Leon Britton, could all be contenders to start.

Happy at home

The Swans may have seen their 10-game unbeaten run halted at the weekend, but they are on the march on their own patch.

The 1-0 triumph over Burnley last time out on home soil was the Swans’ fifth successive victory in all competitions in SA1.

The last time they managed five straight home wins was in the early days of Brendan Rodgers’s Liberty reign.

Can Carvalhal’s men make it six tonight?

TV treat?

For the second time in a matter of weeks, the Swans will be filling the primetime slot on BBC1 tonight.

Three weeks ago Carvalhal’s side welcomed League Two Notts County to the Liberty and served up a goalfest, with the Magpies going down 8-1.

No-one will be anticipating another landslide like that this evening, but the Swans will hope to entertain once more.

Wednesday woe

Since their stalemate with the Swans, the Owls have had two disappointing games in the Championship.

First they were beaten 2-1 at Millwall, then they went down 4-2 at Hillsborough against promotion hopefuls Aston Villa on Saturday.

Like his opposite number, boss Jos Luhukay will be hoping for a response tonight.

Slice of history

So long is it since the Swans made it to the last eight of the FA Cup that they had a different name in those days.

They were Swansea Town when they went all the way to the semi-finals back in 1963-64.

As Swansea City, the best they have managed is round five.

A victory tonight, therefore, would mean the class of 2018 making a little bit of history.

 

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