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Preview | Swansea City v Gillingham

Max Ehmer back in contention as Gills prepare to take on Swansea in the FA Cup.

25 January 2019

Gills looking to book a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

SWANSEA CITY V GILLINGHAM

Liberty Stadium

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

Saturday January 26, 2019

Kick-off, 3pm

Team News:

Max Ehmer is back in contention for a start after playing 45 minutes in the club’s midweek friendly against West Ham. Callum Reilly will be assessed up until the last minute as he looks to recover from a muscle strain. Dean Parrett and Barry Fuller could both make the journey.

Alex Lacey (ankle) is a definite absentee, as is Billy Bingham.

As for Swansea, central defender Joe Rodon is definitely out after breaking a bone in his foot in last Saturday's 1-0 win over Sheffield United. Winger Wayne Routledge is also a doubt after suffering a calf strain in the same game. Kyle Naughton (knee) is a slight doubt.

Joel Asoro and Nathan Dyer have been ill, but Wilfried Bony and Tom Carroll are back in training.

 

Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell – “The most important thing is the game and putting on a performance that will warrant giving Swansea a good game.

“We are good enough to give them a game and give ourselves a chance of going through or bringing them back to Priestfield.

“We will be going there with a positive frame of mind and after the defeat on Saturday it is a matter of bouncing back and forgetting that.

“We have done it many times before, we have lost games on a Saturday and then come out and performed well. That is what we have to do again.”

Graham Potter - "I don't think I can sit here as a Swansea City head coach or manager and say the FA Cup is not important.

"Of course, it is important to us. It is important to the players, the club and our supporters.

"We want to be competitive in every game and we want to develop that mentality going into the second half of the season that we want to win every game we play.”

 

Previous Meetings:

The Gills last played Swansea City in League 1 during the 2007/08 season. The most recent fixture saw the Swans walk away with all three points following a 2-1 win at Priestfield.

Dennis Oli had put the Gills ahead but a double from Guillem Bauza ensured the points went back to Wales.

In total both teams have played each other 38 times in all competitions. Swansea edge the head-to-head statistics with 15 wins to 13.

Odds:

Swansea win – 4/9

Draw – 7/2

Gills win – 6/1

Special Bet:  Luke O’Neill to score and Gills to win = 40/1.

For more odds and markets visit www.skybet.com/fl72.

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Officials:

Referee - Darren England
Assistant Referee 1 – Daniel Robathan
Assistant Referee 2 – Neil Davies
Fourth Official – Ollie Yates

 

SAT NAV: SA1 2FA


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