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Preview: Swansea City vs. Notts County, FA Cup fourth round replay, Tuesday 6 February 2018


Joe Jones

Notts County travel to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night for an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Swansea City with a fifth-round trip to Sheffield Wednesday up for grabs.

How will the Magpies fare against the Swans? Can Kevin Nolan's charges build on their 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane or will Swansea's Premier League quality show?

Here is Pride of Nottingham's pre-match preview.

What happened in the first game

Notts began brightly against the top-flight strugglers but their opponents soon stepped up a gear and had the hosts under the cosh before finding the net on the stroke of half time through Luciano Narsingh.

The Magpies were much improved in the second half, however, as Jorge Grant spurned three gilt-edged chances in quick succession.

Eventually, County's pressure was rewarded as veteran striker Jon Stead turned home on the hour to draw the Magpies level and ultimately clinch a replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Current form

The Swans have improved drastically in recent weeks under Carlos Carvalhal, with three wins and two draws from their last six Premier League games, including wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

Notts endured a tricky January form-wise in League Two but head into this game on the back of a 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra, with a return to 4-4-2 reaping dividends for the Magpies.

Stats

Swansea will be hosting Notts for the first time since a League Two clash in December 2004, with cult hero Lee Trundle netting a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for the hosts.

The Swans have lost three of their last five FA Cup replays in which they have been the higher ranked side, although they did beat Wolves in the last round, 2-1 in a third-round replay.

Notts County have only progressed from one of their last five FA Cup replays, last winning in a replay against Premier League opposition in February 2010, 2-0 v Wigan.

Swansea have won three games in a row at the Liberty Stadium in all competitions for the first time since their final three Premier League home games of 2016-17 - they last won four in a row at home in May 2016.

Team news

Striker Wilfried Bony and midfielder Leroy Fer have been ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up long-term injuries.

On-loan midfielder Renato Sanches is also out for a month with a hamstring injury.

Leon Britton and Angel Rangel are also unavailable for Tuesday night's clash, while Andre Ayew and Andy King are cup-tied.

Notts have no new injury concerns ahead of the fourth-round replay, although goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons remains suspended.

Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Ben Hall is ineligible and fellow deadline day loan signing Mason Bennett is cup-tied, having played for Derby County.

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I think County will play like they did Saturday and just go for it it’s been a long time since County came this far in the fa cup it’s been a great cup run. 

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