Bolton Wanderers - Swansea City Preview: Last season’s semi-finalists look to continue good FA Cup home form
The Trotters woeful Premier League showings have not been replicated in domestic Cup games at the Reebok, while the Welsh outfit have won just twice on the road all season
By Matt Scott
Steinsson, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts
Eagles, Pratley, M. Davies, Petrov
Rangel, Williams, Tate, Taylor
Agustien, Allen, McEachran
Routledge, Lita, Sigurdsson
The ex-Burnley boss still has to contend with the long-term absences of Stuart Holden and Chung-Yong Lee, so expect a five-man midfield with Ivan Klasnic leading the line after scoring twice in the previous round against Macclesfield.
Swans manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he will rest some of his key players for this tie as they take on Chelsea in the Premier League just three days later. Therefore expect on-loan Blues midfielder Josh McEachran to start for the first time since switching to the Liberty Stadium.
Rodgers has confirmed that club-captain Alan Tate will make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a broken leg, replacing Steven Caulker who is not permitted to play in Cup games by parent club, Tottenham.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bolton have conceded just one goal in their last six home FA Cup ties, Jermain Defoe was the scorer, netting in a 1-1 draw for Tottenham in 2010's fourth round.
- The Trotter's last home defeat in the competition was in 2008's third round when they were eliminated by Sheffield United.
- Last season's semi-finalists have won the competition four times, most recently in 1958.
- Owen Coyle's side narrowly avoided an upset in the last round, beating Macclesfield in a replay after drawing 2-2 at Moss Rose in the initial tie.
- The two sides have met in the Premier League this season at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea picking up a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Joe Allen (pictured right), Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.
- Bolton beat Swansea in a 1926 FA Cup semi-final, going on to beat Manchester City in the final.
- The Swans were the first Welsh club to play in the FA Cup all the way back in the 1913/14 season.
- Swansea are hoping to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2009, when as a Championship side they were knocked out by Fulham after a replay.
- The Welsh club have never won the English FA Cup but they are the third most successful side in the history of the Welsh Cup having won the competition 10 times.
- Brendan Rodgers side have only picked up two away wins this season, away to Aston Villa in the league and their third round FA Cup tie at Barnsley played five days later.
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The former Manchester United winger is a player of real quality and has the talent to unlock the most stubborn of defences on his day. Eagles' tendency to drift across the pitch makes him almost impossible to man-mark and he can worry sides equally with his crossing and his eye for goal.
The diminutive midfielder has blossomed in the Premier League this season and already looks like a natural performer at the top level. Along with fellow midfielder Leon Britton, Allen has one of the highest pass completion rates of any player in Europe's top leagues and he will be looking to help his side dominate possession once again as the attempt to seal their place in the next round.
The only blight on Swansea's season has been their woeful away form but they will be boosted ahead of this game knowing that the Trotters' home displays have hardly been better, and are likely to dominate the game's possession with their slick passing style.
Owen Coyle's side will be riding the crest of a wave after their recent win over Liverpool in the league but they may have to sacrifice their place in the FA Cup if they are to play Premier League football next season.