Swansea City return to Championship action today as they host Preston North End.
Here’s everything you need to know about the league contest at the Swansea.com Stadium.
What time is Swansea City v Preston kick-off?
Swansea City v Preston kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, January 22.
Is Swansea City v Preston on TV?
No, the match will not be shown live on television.
Due to EFL broadcasting rules, SwansTV will not be streaming the game in the UK and Ireland, although fans in international areas can watch for £10.
You can follow live updates from the match via our blog which will be available on our Swansea City page.
What’s the latest team news?
Swansea have no injury or Covid-19 concerns ahead of the game.
They are set to be without Jamie Paterson who has been training with the club’s Under-23s after stating he is not in the right frame of mind to play due to a contract dispute with Swansea’s owners.
New signing Hannes Wolf is eligible to feature in the matchday squad.
As for the Lilywhites, they are expected to be without Josh Earl who only recently returned to training after sustaining an ankle injury.
Boss Ryan Lowe confirmed that all of the players who were involved in Preston’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on Tuesday night are available to face the Swans.
The Lancashire outfit will be without Andrew Hughes due to suspension.
What have the managers said?
Swansea boss Russell Martin: “They’ve done brilliantly under Ryan. He did a fantastic job there [at Plymouth] which is why he’s got a move to Preston.
“He’s already changing the style. Very similar to his Plymouth side, they like to dominate the ball and press really hard. It’ll be a difficult game.
“They’ve been in a really good run of form since he’s gone in. They’re physical, aggressive and he’s turned them into a team he wants them to be.”
Preston boss Ryan Lowe: “They’re very well organised, very well coached. A brand of football that’s great, risky at times, but that’s Russ, he wants to do that.
“I play the same style myself, but I have different risk elements than Russ does. They’re always on the front foot and they want to play.
“He’s got a very good coaching brain, a good coaching philosophy of where he wants to try and get Swansea City to.
“So we’re looking forward to an interesting game of football because the turnovers are going to be tight. You can’t give the ball away too cheaply because they’d have it for a large spell and we’ve got to make sure that we set ourselves up right.”
What are the latest betting odds?
Swansea City win – 23/20
Draw – 23/10
Preston win – 12/5
(Odds courtesy of Sky Bet, correct at time of publishing)
Who is the referee?
Joshua Smith will take charge of proceedings in Swansea.
He was the man in the middle for Swansea’s defeats to Stoke City and Fulham earlier on in the campaign.
The Bedfordshire official will be assisted by Sam Lewis and Jonathan Hunt. Leigh Doughty is the fourth official.
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- Swansea have lost their last two league games against Preston, as many as they had in their previous 16 against the Lilywhites (W10 D4 L2).
- Following a win earlier this season, Preston are looking for a league double over Swansea for the first time since the 1933-34 season.
- Swansea have lost their last two home league games, shipping seven goals across those defeats. The Swans haven’t lost three in a row on home soil since their final three home games of 2017-18 in the Premier League. Outside the top-flight, they haven’t lost three in a row at home since April 2004 at Vetch Field.
- Preston won their last away league match in Wales, a 1-0 win over Swansea in April last season. They have never won back-to-back away league matches in Wales in their history, with this their 99th visit there.
- Swansea’s Korey Smith assisted Flynn Downes’ equaliser at Huddersfield last time out, his third assist of the season, equaling his tally from 38 matches last season.
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