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Match Preview: Swansea City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of Sunday's trip to South Wales

16 February 2019

We head to South Wales tomorrow looking to book a spot in the Sixth Round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 1989. Below you will find all the info ahead of tomorrow's big match.

THE OPPOSITION

Inconsistent would be the best way to describe Swansea City's first season back in the second tier, following relegation from the Premier League, as Graham Potter's side struggle to make an impression on the Play-Off picture. Life off the pitch has also been turbulent, with unrest at The Swans' American owners' perceived lack of ambition gathering momentum. 

Potter's side head into tomorrow's game having won just one of their last four. That came courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Millwall seven days ago, but midweek saw The Swans slip to a 2-1 defeat on the road at Leeds United.

On home soil, The Swans are unbeaten in five stretching back to Boxing Day, winning three of their last four. Their Emirates FA Cup run has seen them beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park before disposing of Gillingham 4-1 in the last round. 

Oli McBurnie (pictured above) has been the Welsh side's leading light this term with 14 goals and four assists, seven of those coming in a four-game spell last month. 

TEAM NEWS

Rico Henry will miss tomorrow's match with the ankle injury which forced him off at half-time against Blackburn Rovers a fortnight ago. Henrik Dalsgaard will be assessed ahead of kick-off after missing Wednesday's win at home to Aston Villa, while Lewis Macleod and Emiliano Marcondes are both long-term absentees. 

Swansea are hoping to have top scorer Oli McBurnie back fit after a bout of the flu while Nathan Dyer is a doubt with a hamstring problem. Leroy Fer, Declan John, and Wayne Routledge are definitely out as are Joe Rodon and Martin Olsson.   

THE MANAGER

Graham Potter's path to the top job at Swansea City is not one which many managers have followed.

Solihull-born Potter spent a decade in the lower leagues of English football, starting off at home-town Birmingham City before spells with Stoke City, Southampton, where he made eight Premier League appearances,  West Bromwich Albion, York City, Boston United, and Macclesfield Town.

After making nearly 400 appearances, he retired in 2005 and, shortly after, graduated from the Open University with a degree in Social Sciences. Potter then spent five years working in University football, latterly combining his time as assistant coach at Leeds Metropolitan University with a masters in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. 

In December 2010, he took charge of Östersund, then a fourth-division side in Sweden. He earned back-to-back league titles during his first two-years in charge before taking Östersund to the top flight in 2015. In April 2017, he guided OFK to the Swedish Cup and, later that year, made history with his side becoming the first Swedish club to progress beyond the Europa League group stage. Potter joined Swansea in June after nearly eight years in Sweden. 

At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions designed to take them out of their comfort zone.

LAST-TIME AROUND

Three early goals set The Swans on their way to victory despite a spirited Bees comeback.

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🗣 Thomas looking to create piece of Brentford history on Sunday

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Coaches will depart at 9.30am, the coaches will be parked on the Great West Road adjacent to Ealing Road and will be clearly numbered. Alcohol is not permitted on the coaches.

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from The Liberty Stadium with live iFollow commentary and analysis from Mark Burridge, Mick Cabble, and Ciaran Brett. The show will be live on air from 3.30pm.

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