After being hammered by Brighton & Hove Albion in the weekend Premier League fixture, Swansea City are due to face Sheffield Wednesday today at the Liberty Stadium in the FA Cup 5th round replay.
Earlier this month, the meeting between these two sides in the aforesaid competition yielded a goalless stalemate and thus, they are set to lock horns once again to decide the tie.
Here is the latest team news of Swansea City and how we expect Carlos Carvalhal to roll out his starting line-up against Jos Luhukay’s troops.
Renato Sanches and Angel Rangel are expected to return in March, whereas Leon Britton could be making his return from injury. Carvalhal confirmed that Nathan Dyer’s first-half substitution against the Seagulls was a tactical change and the winger is not injured. Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer are expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Kristoffer Nordfeldt is expected to be stationed between the sticks instead of Lukasz Fabianski as it is a cup fixture. Nordfeldt was able to notch up a clean sheet when the two sides met earlier this month and he would be craving to repeat the feat once again.
The trio, comprising of Mike van der Hoorn, Kyle Naughton and Federico Fernandez, is anticipated to start at the back for the Wales-based outfit. The Owls have not really been lethal in their attacking endeavours this season but there is no denying that they could spring a surprise and thus, Carvalhal’s defenders need to keep things neat and tidy at the back.
Martin Olsson’s pace, exuberance and industry would be welcomed from the left-wingback slot. From the other side, we expect to see Connor Roberts getting the nod to start. Swansea City would need to push forward every time there is an opportunity and the wingbacks would be tasked with the instrumental role to do the same.
Tom Carroll and Ki-Sung Yeung are likely to be teed up in the middle of the park. They have shown decent chemistry till now and the duo will be tasked with the responsibilities of cushioning the backline, dictate the tempo of the game and to create chances as well.
Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the line for Swansea City. The 20-year-old striker is fast, mobile and is quite clinical and if he is provided with an adequate amount of goal-scoring opportunities, he should be able to find the back of the net.
Luciano Narsingh is expected to start from the right-wing to add some spark in the final third whereas Wayne Routledge would be a sensible option to use from the right-wing.