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🔜 Ahead of the game | Signing off the year in Swansea

A preview of our fixture with the Swans

29 December 2020

A very strange year is almost at an end. And we’ll want to go into 2021 on the back of a win.

It’s a tall order as we face a Swansea City side who have continued to impress this season, having made the Play-Offs last year with a late burst of results.

But that’s the ambition as we cross the border into South Wales on Wednesday evening to do battle at the Liberty Stadium.

Watch it live

This game has been selected for Sky Sports coverage in the UK (and on the EFL’s broadcast partner channels worldwide), so there’s no iFollow option to watch this match.

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Instead, head to Sky Sports Football on Wednesday evening in time to see us kick off at 8pm against the Swansea.

Not a Sky subscriber? You can get a 24-hour NOW TV Day Pass, which allows you a day’s worth of access to all 11 Sky Sports channels to watch online, on Smart TV and on mobile devices.

The opposition

The Swans had a turbulent end to the last campaign – reaching the Play-Offs with a win at Madejski Stadium on the final day, but unable to progress to the final. But their start to the new campaign has been a positive one.

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Steve Cooper’s side lie second going into the game, three points ahead of the Royals, and have kept pace with the pack all season by grinding out wins – most recently at home against Barnsley and away at QPR, each by a 2-0 scoreline.

The Swans’ games haven’t been the most dramatic, though – neither team has scored more than two in any of their 21 games to date. But on the most part, they’ve come out on the right side of tightly-contested matches.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

David Webb is our referee for the third time this season – he oversaw our last trip to South Wales when we beat Cardiff City at the start of the campaign, as well as our defeat to Coventry on the road in October.

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The most recent time he refereed a Swansea game was last season when a rollercoaster game at the KCOM Stadium ended in a 4-4 draw with Hull City.
Assisting him will be linesmen Craig Taylor and Richard Wild, as well as fourth official Lee Swabey.

Reminder

A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to the match.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.


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