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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Swansea City

8 January 2021

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After securing back-to-back wins last Saturday, Boro return to FA Cup action at The Lamex Stadium this Saturday with a Third Round clash against Championship high-flyers, Swansea City...

Stevenage managed to secure their fourth win of the league campaign last Saturday, beating Scunthorpe United 3-1 at The Lamex Stadium courtesy of two goals from Charlie Carter and one from Aramide Oteh.

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Steve Cooper’s Swansea City currently occupy 2nd place in the Championship, after spending seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League between 2011-2018. In that time, The Swans won the League Cup and competed in the Europa League, reaching the Round of 32 stage before being knocked out by Napoli.

Stevenage have played Saturday's visitors in some capacity three years ago, beating Swansea City U21's 5-0 during Papa John's Trophy action with goals from Ben Kennedy and Kurtis Guthrie. The two sides have met in the FA Cup before, with Swansea City beating Stevenage 2-1 in 2003 at Vetch Field. 

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​Alex Revell is set to pick a strong lineup for Saturday's game and has no new injury absentees. New signings Chris Lines and Luke Norris are likely to be involved after signing earlier in the week, with Matty Stevens cup-tied. 

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Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistant Referee 1: Nigel Lugg

Assistant Referee 2: David Hunt

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

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Stevenage manager, Alex Revell said, ''It's the FA Cup and anything can happen. It is a great time for us to have because we can go into it knowing that we have given a week of good results and seven points from three is great, but we don't want to lose the momentum. We must carry on with these performances and keep on learning.

''Every day we are learning and the players are showing that on the pitch now and we are really looking forward to the challenge that awaits us on Saturday.''

Swansea City head coach, Steve Cooper said, ''I think there will be some changes. I don’t think it’ll be wholesale. All of the squad will go to Stevenage because I think we're in good momentum. 

''Regardless of it being League or Cup, we just want to keep things going to keep everybody engaged. We just want to keep improving and striving to get better, we want to win and play well.''

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Saturday's Third Round 3pm kick-off will be broadcasted in full across BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport Website/App. Live video updates will also be shown on BBC Final Score throughout the afternoon.

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