Date:Thursday December 20 2007
Roberto Martinez and his Swansea Squad will travel to Cumbria to face Carlisle United knowing a win is needed to ensure they the pressure on the promotion chasing pack.
The mouthwatering top of the table clash could yet be postponed after concerns were raised by Stadium manager Dave Mitchell over the condition of the Brunton Park Pitch on Monday afternoon.
As temperatures look set to go below -3°C on Friday evening grounds staff led by Les Nichol and Norman Potts have a mammoth task of making the playing surface playable.
The league one leaders Swansea City will be hoping the fixture will be played as the fixture pile up in the new year could prove costly for the Liberty Stadium outfit.
Recently the clubs local derby against Bristol Rovers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch despite a conservative effort at the Memorial Stadium to get the pitch in a playable state.
Both sides will go into the game with the utmost confidence as their league positions would suggest.If the form book is anything to go by the game could very well be a close encounter.
Carlisle have not lost in the league at their Brunton Park home since the 1-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers on the 8th September.
This excellent home form is something that United manager John Ward will be looking to protect come kick off.
The visitors have turned their away form on its head this season and have an unbeaten away league record that spans back to the 22nd September game since the 2-0 loss at Elland road .
If recent form is to go by there is a firmly a Christmas cracker on the cards at Brunton Park.
Carlisle United Manager John Ward:
|''You've got first versus second and I think that says it all.'|
They are top billing as leaders, are in good form and are a very good side so it's got a real edge to the game.' They have a very good away record and we have a very good home record and I fully expect it to be a tight game and there to be not a lot between us.' .'
Blues manager John Ward has no Injuries in his squad and no suspentions to players.
Carlisle's Young Gun:
|"Carlisle Youngster Joe Garner has taken the league by storm after netting 10 goals in 18 appearances for the Brunton Park outfit.|
The adaptable striker was signed after a successful loan spell with The Cumbrians last term.
After impressing Manager John Ward Garner was signed outright from Premiership side Blackburn Rovers.
Swansea face their most serious injury crisis of the current campaign as Jason Scotland looks set to miss the match due to a stomach strain.
The injury kept the Striker on the sidelines in the 3-0 win over Southend United at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday.
Loanee Warren Feeney has returned to Cardiff City after suffering Ankle ligament damages against Southend United.
The news was a huge blow to the clubs ambitions to sign the Northern Ireland international outright despite claiming that this would not deter them.
Darryl Duffy is likely to make the bench whilst Spaniard Guillem Bauza is set for his first leauge start since his summer signing from Espanyol B.
Owain Tudur Jones continues his fitness training and is looking at a January return.
Swansea's Spanish sensation:
|''As hidden gems are concerned Angel Rangel has to rank amongst the best of them in league one.|
Signed from Spanish segunda B outfit Terrassa in the summer transfer window, the defender has been one of the signings of the summer.
Rangel is a foundation stone of a Swansea defense that has been pivotal in not conceding a league goal since the 1-0 loss against Huddersfeild on the 16th November.
Power , attacking poise and a good all round ability to read the game make it difficult for opposition players to break down the resourceful Spaniard.
The Form Book(based on previous 5 results)
Assitsants:N Bannister and M Matadar
Fourth Official:A Haines
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Date:Thursday December 20 2007
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