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Can Bournemouth do a Cup double over Swansea?

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Written by billythekid

After our defeat at home in the Premier League against league leaders Liverpool, the Cherries have a break from league football and make preparations for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup against Championship side Swansea City, this is the team we beat earlier in the season in the League Cup in Wales. The game is on Thursday night at Dean Court at 7.45 pm. Andoni Iraola will want to get his side back to winning ways again, but as we know with the history of the FA Cup it is known for providing upsets.

When we played Swansea City away in the League Cup back in August, their manager was Michael Duff. Swansea City parted company with him in December after some mixed results. To replace him they brought in Luke Williams this January, who had previously been at MK Dons and Swansea City, where he was assistant head coach to Russell Martin.

Williams was appointed manager of National League side Notts County in July 2022 and in his first season, his team were promoted to League 2 in second place with 107 points, which in any other season would have won the title. County also set two new league records for the number of goals scored with 117 and best GD. Wrexham won the title with 111 points. His first game in charge was the Third Round of the FA Cup where his side beat League Two side Morecambe 2-0 at home.

Our two sides have only met once in the FA Cup and that game was at Dean Court back on the 18th November 2000. It was the first season Sean O’Driscoll was our manager, he took over from Mel Machin who became our Director of Football. The Swansea City manager was John Hollins and both our sides were in Division Two at the time. The first-round game ended 2-0 to AFCB, our goals were scored by Wade Elliott and James Hayter, the game was played in front of 3,422.

In all competitions against Swansea City, AFCB have W 26, D 14, L 23.

AFCB v Swansea - FA Cup



Draw at 90 mins

Draw at 90 mins

Swansea Win

Swansea Win

AFCB Team News
Marcos Senesi will be available again, but it looks like Max Aarons will miss this game having come off late in the Liverpool game with an injury.

AFCB Player To Watch
Andoni Iraola might start a similar line up he had against QPR. So Kieffer Moore could lead the line and look to be on the scoresheet again as he was against QPR. In midfield another chance to see what Alex Scott can do.

Swansea City Team News
Sam Parker, Josh Key, Liam Walsh and Ben Cabango have all been out injured.

Swansea City Player To Watch
Jamie Paterson, scored 5 goals and has 4 assists. Jamal Lowe who is joint-leading scorer with 6 goals, is unavailable as he is on loan from AFCB. Ryan Yates their other joint leading scorer hasn’t started many games recently for the Swans, but scored a goal against Morecambe in the last round.

The Referee
Darren England is the man in charge of this game. Last season he was in charge of our Premier League game away against Southampton and the home game in the League Cup against Everton, AFCB won both games.

Your say…

EasternRed said…

I think this game may prove to be more of a hurdle than some may think. A mate who saw their game on Saturday said that although Soton controlled the first half, Swansea were by far the better team second half and deserved something from the game. Hopefully, we’ll see more of a performance like the second half at QPR rather than the first. – To join the conversation, click here.

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