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Carvalhal to make 2 changes – Strongest 5-4-1 Swansea City lineup to face Sheffield Wednesday

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Predicted Swansea City Lineup To Face Sheffield Wednesday In The FA Cup

Carlos Carvalhal was not a familiar name to the Premier League fans prior to his appointment as Swansea City boss. But the Portuguese gaffer has won millions of hearts with his charismatic quotes and sensational upsurge to lead the Swans out of the drop zone from what was quite a severe scenario.
He was a massive influence for the Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in last two seasons, however, he missed the promotion narrowly on both occasions and a disappointing inception in this new campaign resulted in a dismissal. Carvalhal, however, will return to his former club this Saturday afternoon for the FA Cup 5th Round tie at Hillsborough and will be upbeat to continue the Swans’ incredible run since his appointment.

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The Welsh outfit will miss a few significant names due to injury concerns. Wilfried Bony is out for the rest of the campaign with his ACL injury whereas Leroy Fer will remain sidelined following a calf strain. Renato Sanches continues his futile loan spell on the sidelines, due to a thigh injury. Veteran duo Angel Rangel and Leon Britton are ruled out with the groin strain.

Formation: 5-4-1

Carvalhal has mostly opted to field a ‘back five’ but his 5-4-1 often shifts to 3-4-3 considering the shape of the game. This fluidity has added a new dimension to Swansea’s game who were a bit soft under Paul Clement.

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)

Carvalhal could hand Nordfeldt a start here, keeping Fabianski on the bench.

Kyle Naughton (RB)

Naughton has rediscovered his consistency under the Portuguese tactician and should continue in his right-back role on Saturday afternoon.

Mike van der Hoorn (RCB)

The Dutchman has earned a regular slot under Carvalhal and is tipped to start the game at Hillsborough in deep defence.

Alfie Mawson

Federico Fernandez (CB)

The veteran Argentine will occupy the central defensive role and lead the line from the heart of it.

Alfie Mawson (LCB)

Mawson has flourished further under the new gaffer and his goals and assists have earned the Swans some crucial points in the league. He will keep hold of his left centre-back role against the Championship counterparts.

Martin Olsson (LB)

Should start as a left-back but is tipped to spend more time in a wing-back role due to his attacking ability.

Luciano Narsingh (RM)

The Dutch international has been rotated at times alongside Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge but might be handed a start in this FA Cup tie. He will try to impress the gaffer and earn more game-time for the rest of the campaign.

Tom Carroll (CM)

Carroll has been impressive in the middle of the park for the Swans and despite his inconsistency at times, he should be preferred in his central midfield role due to the injury absence of Leroy Fer.

Jordan Ayew

Ki Sung-Yeung (CM)

The South Korean international grabbed a late winner against Burnley last weekend and helped his side climb out of the drop zone for the time being. Ki might be handed a start in the middle of the park alongside Carroll.

Wayne Routledge (LM)

Routledge, the once regular Swansea City wingman, has become a bench-warmer lately but might have his chance on Saturday afternoon when his side travels to face the Owls in the FA Cup 5th Round tie.

Jordan Ayew (ST)

Although Tammy Abraham grabbed a brace against minnows Notts County in the replay of the previous round, Carvalhal might hand the in-form Ayew a start against a tougher opposition on Saturday afternoon.