Swans v Wolves: The big talking points

17th January 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Swansea City do battle with Wolves tonight for a place in round four of the Emirates FA Cup.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men face the Championship leaders at the Liberty Stadium (7.45pm) after drawing the original tie 0-0 at Molineux.

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

Getting to know you

Before his last home fixture, against Spurs a fortnight ago, new Swans boss Carvalhal had to have a quick tour of the stadium.

He returns to the Liberty for his second game in charge tonight having got to know the place a little bit, but the Jack Army are still finding out about their new manager.

It is clear already that he is a passionate man who is desperate to impress in the Premier League.

But how exactly does he want his Swans side to play? We will get another clue this evening as Carvalhal takes charge of his fifth game since arriving in Wales.

How many new faces?

Carvalhal has acknowledged that there will be changes tonight, while the likelihood is that Wolves will shuffle their pack too.

Both Carvalhal and opposite number Nuno Espirito Santo overhauled their teams for the original tie, so the assumption is that they will do something similar second time around.

There will be plenty of players in the Swans squad who will be pleased about that, for the cup could mean an opportunity to impress the new boss.

The likes of Connor Roberts, Federico Fernandez, Leroy Fer, Roque Mesa, Leon Britton and Wilfried Bony will all hope for some action tonight.

Wolves to bare their teeth?

After their goalless draw with the Swans 11 days ago, Wolves were involved in another stalemate at the weekend against Barnsley.

The Oakwell result means that for the first time this season, Wolves have failed to score in consecutive matches.

Will it become be a hat-trick of blanks tonight, or can Nuno’s team rediscover the goalscoring touch?

Kyle’s comeback

Kyle Naughton is available this evening having a completed a three-match ban following that clash with Watford striker Stefano Okaka.

His return is welcome, particularly as Angel Rangel’s injury meant Mike van der Hoorn was pressed into emergency right-back duty at Newcastle.

Having said that, academy product Roberts will hope to feature once more tonight having played at Molineux.

But it could be that Carvalhal would like Naughton to get some game-time ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Duffy’s delight?

Presumably, former Swans youngster and Brynhyfryd boy Richard Duffy will be cheering on his home-city club tonight.

After all, Duffy is now a regular with League Two side Notts County, who await the winners of this evening’s game in round four.

But how much would a cup run mean to Carvalhal’s Swans?

Clearly, there are bigger fish to fry this spring, but every win is welcome at the Liberty right now.

Solid Swede

Kristoffer Nordfeldt will hope for another chance in the Swans goal tonight having played in all of their cup ties this season.

The Swedish international stopper was arguably the visitors’ best player at Wolves, and has hardly put a foot wrong when given an opportunity this term.

Lukasz Fabianski has had a fine season, but Carvalhal will have no qualms about turning to Nordfeldt.

 

*Tickets for tonight’s game against Wolves are still available online HERE, over the phone at 01792 616400 and at the Ticket Office. Supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid queues getting into the stadium.