Carlisle arrive at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow and they’ll be looking to get revenge over the Swans after narrowly losing to us in the Football league trophy back in May.
The Swans have fallen out of the play-off places for the first time in 2 months after drawing 1-1 away at Blackpool last weekend, so Jackett’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways.
Kenny Jackett: ”We just edged them in the Football League Trophy final in April on what was a terrific day for us,’
”But they’re going well again this season and will be looking to push on themselves over Christmas.”
Carlisle defender Chris Lumsdon: ‘With the money Swansea have spent and the players they’ve bought over the last few seasons, they should really be running away with this league.
‘I’ve got a couple of mates down there and they say the money being thrown about is unbelievable.
‘They are underachieving and I think their fans think that as well.
‘If we can keep it tight to start with, those fans might get on their back and we can take advantage.’
Carlisle manager Neil McDonald: ‘I wasn’t involved that day, although I know from experience that nobody likes getting beat in a cup final,”
Revenge is not a word the lads have been mentioning to me this week, and I am approaching it as any other game.
‘It’s all about being disciplined and three points as we need to make sure we stay in this league.
‘Swansea are still a big club and a top seven team, and it will be a difficult game, especially with it being away from home. But everybody is positive and determined that we can get a result.”
Swansea Team News:
Captain Darren Pratley will return to the centre of midfield after serving his one-match suspension. Ian Craney looks set to start alongside him in midfield with Britton and Robinson on the flanks.
At the back, Marcos Painter could return at left back while Izzy Iriekpen looks set to pair up with Lawrence again in the centre. Alan Tate should replace Kevin Amankwaah at right back.
Up front, Akinfenwa and Fallon compete for a place to partner Trundle up front.
Missing for the Swans will be Ian Butler (hamstring) and Tommy Williams whose return has been put back to the Rotherham game.
Player to watch: Ian Craney
Our most recent signing has done well so far and it’ll be good to see how he gets on in his full home debut for us.
Carlisle Team News:
Carlisle boss Neil McDonald will be forced into making at least 3 changes to his side with defenders Peter Murphy and Zigor Aranalde suspended and Paul Thirlwell returning to Derby after his loan expired.
Chris Billy is likely to replace Thirlwell while Simon Grand, James Krause and David Raven are all hoping for a starting place at the back.
Player to watch: Karl Hawley
The striker has scored 8 goals in the League so far this season, previous clubs include Walsall, Raith Rovers and Hereford. Kevin Gall will also be one to watch, another striker who joined Carlisle from Yeovil in the summer.
Match Facts & Stats
Carlisle are currently 9th but have lost their last 2 games, also failing to score in the last 2. They began their new campaign in League One quite well and were amongst the play-off places until falling out of the top 6 in October. Their last away win was 2 away games ago, they beat Bournemouth 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Hawley.
Swansea are in 7th place after drawing 1-1 with Blackpool last weekend. We haven’t won at home since November 3rd, beating Bournemouth 4-2. At the time of writing, we look to be heading down to 8th (hopefully temporarily) as Blackpool are currently beating high-flyers Scunthorpe.
Carlisle are currently going through some poor form of late and with us desperately needing a win, I think we’ll edge it by a goal. 2-1 Home win.
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