FA Cup Preview: Swansea City vs Fulham
14th February 2009
Huw Jenkins has called upon the players to make history tomorrow by continuing their impressive FA Cup run.
After beating last year's winners of the competition, Portsmouth, the Swans will be in confident mood that they can have repeat success against another Premiership side when Fulham visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The ITV cameras are in town to show the game live from 12:45pm as a quarter final place is up for grabs.
Managers of both clubs seem very keen to stay in the competition, and either side have a good chance of reaching the final, I mean Cardiff City managed it last year!
Roy Hodgson, Fulham boss:
'We will look optimistically towards the game believing we are capable of going through,'
'The lads feel they've got the ability and quality to continue in the competition.
'But anything we say is irrelevant. It's really how well we are going to do when we go down there and play.'
'We are playing against a Premier League side who have been built with a big cheque book and have a lot of experience of world football,'
'They are in a great position in the division above us so it would be a surprise to me if anyone makes us favourites.
'Yes being at home can make a difference in the cup, but we are not the favourites.'
'The reality is that we are the underdogs and that's a tag we will enjoy. Fulham have some fantastic international players and I'm sure they will come here and look to impose themselves.
Swansea City Team News:
Roberto Martinez is likely to make just the one change to his side. Angel Rangel returns after a one-match which would mean Albert Serran returns to the bench, unlucky for him after making an excellent League debut last week.
Striker Gorka Pintado is unavailable after undergoing an operation on his hernia so that should mean some involvement for Guillem Bauza.
With Konstantopoulos unable to extend his loan stay here, 17 year-old David Cornell could appear on the 7-man substitutes bench.
Player to watch: Jason Scotland
It has to be the main man. Our top scorer with 16 goals, scored 2 braces already this year and has averaged 11 goals in the last 11 games. You'd definitely fancy him to get another tomorrow.
Fulham Team News:
Fulham are likely to name a strong line-up for this one in respect of the Swans. Hodgson is looking to progress through to the next round like we are.
Therefore we are likely to be up against the likes of Welshman Simon Davies, full back Konchesky, Danny Murphy and former Everton striker Andy Johnson partnered by Bobby Zamora.
Player to watch: Andy Johnson
The former Everton striker could be a handful for our defence and he has totalled up nearly £20,000,000 in transfer fees in his career to date. Despite paying £10.5 million for him, the 28 year-old has scored just 5 goals in 20 starts for the Cottagers.
Match Facts & Stats
Fulham are yet to win on their travels in the Premiership which is an encouraging stat for us, they've won twice away in cup competitions.
Their last 6 away games in the Premiership have been 4 draws and 2 defeats.
Fulham will be the first Premiership side to play at the Liberty Stadium in the FA Cup.
Our last home win against Fulham was nearly 15 years ago.
Head to Head: Fulham wins - 29, 9 draws, Swansea wins - 19.
A tough game for both sides but we've beaten Premiership opposition before and we're capable of doing it again. We've been brilliant at home lately, if we can keep things tight and dominate most of the game we should get a win.
Prediction: Swans to win 1-0.
Tuesday 17th February
Swansea travel to Watford for a 7:45pm kick off.