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Swansea City return to Championship action this afternoon as they take on Brentford at Griffin Park.
- Brentford have lost their last four matches against Swansea in all competitions, losing all four by the same score (0-2).
- Swansea and Brentford haven’t faced in the second tier since the 1953-54 campaign.
- Swansea have lost four of their last five Championship games (W1), including each of their last three.
- Brentford have lost their last two home league games – they haven’t lost three in a row since November 2016.
- Swansea striker Olivier McBurnie has found the net in just three of his last 14 Championship appearances (4 goals).
- Neal Maupay has had a hand in 11 of Brentford’s 19 home league goals this season (7 goals, 4 assists).
Football writer Andrew Gwilym will bring you live updates from the match below.
Nice work by Grimes again, linking play down the left to get free, his final ball is cleared though.
Swans press well
Swansea are capitalising on some uncertainty in Brentford’s play and Grimes fires over from the edge of the area after the Bees are again robbed of possession.
Olsson is stretchered off and Connor Roberts is on.
Olsson still down
Connor Roberts is warming up and it looks as though he will come on and Kyle Naughton might move to left-back. Olsson is still down and it sadly looks as though this is a serious injury. ‘There’s only one Martin Olsson’, sing the Swans fans behind the goal.
This does not look too clever. Martin Olsson plays a ball down the line and then goes down clutching his leg. He is receiving treatment at the moment.
Brentford look to hit back immediately as Ollie Watkins fires over on the angle after good work by Nico Yennaris.
Brentford 0 Swansea City 1 (Routledge)
What a start! Barrie McKay wins the ball off a defender on the edge of the area, drives goalwards and sets up Routledge for a goal after just 25 seconds. Incredible!
We are up and running at Griffin Park.
The teams are out
The two sides emerge from the tunnel, Brentford in their traditional red and white stripes and Swansea in chair orange change strip. We are nearly set to go.
Swans fans making a racket
That sold-out away end is making some racket as they run through their full repertoire of songs with the likes of Alan Curtis, Oli McBurnie and Wilfried Bony acknowledging them before heading back down the tunnel.
Countdown to kick-off
The two sets of players are going through their final preparations on what is a pretty nippy old afternoon in West London. Just about 20 minutes to go until the action gets under way.
A full away end at Griffin Park
All of Swansea’s away allocation for this fixture had sold out nearly a month ago, and there will be just over 1,600 members of the Jack Army cheering on Graham Potter’s men.
McKay’s first start since Bolton
This is Barrie McKay’s first start since the Swans victory at Bolton, the last time Potter’s men picked up three points. The Scot was the difference in that game, can it be a good omen?
Two changes for Brentford
Six changes for the Swans, including recalls for Dyer and Routledge
There are six changes and a few big shocks in that Swansea City line-up.
Kyle Naughton, Martin Olsson, Leroy Fer, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Barrie McKay all come into the starting line-up.
Dyer has not played since the draw at Middlesbrough, while Routledge has not featured since the game at Wigan.
Connor Roberts, who had been ever=present under Potter, and Bersant Celina are among the substitutes.
The Swansea City team to play Brentford is
Mulder; Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Rodon, Olsson; Fer, Grimes; Dyer, McKay, Routledge; McBurnie
Subs: Nordfeldt, Roberts, Carter-Vickers, Fulton, Celina, Montero, Bony
The Swans arrive
Less than 10 minutes until we get the teams
Not long to wait now.
A former Swan in the ranks
There is a former Swansea City man among the Brentford ranks today in the form of midfielder Josh McEachran. The ex-Chelsea man spent a spell on loan in South Wales during the Swans’ first season in the Premier League but it was not a success and the man himself has had plenty to say about it.
Swansea have not had a good week, but Brentford’s run of difficult form stretches far further back. The Bees have struggled since Dean Smith left them to join Aston Villa, with Thomas Frank stepping up to replace him.
They have won just once in their last 13 games but, in Neal Maupay they possess one of the Championship’s most effective attacking players. The Frenchman has 13 goals and six assists under his belt this term.
Given Swansea’s run of defeats should we expect Potter to shake things up a bit today? He is without winger Daniel James through injury, while Tom Carroll is still sidelined. Who will get the chance on the wings from the likes of Barrie McKay, Joel Asoro, Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer? Might we also see a change of formation after Swansea played 3-4-3 in their previous two games?
Last time at Griffin Park
Swansea have not journeyed to Griffin Park in a dozen years but they will have warm memories of their two visits to Brentford in 2006. They won 2-0 on both occasions, with Leon Knight scoring all four goals.
The striker netted two early goals as the Swans won their League One play-off semi-final second leg in May, and his brace also settled the league meeting in September.
Can the Swans bounce back?
Three defeats in a week against Norwich, West Brom and Derby have seen Swansea City drop down the Championship table. Graham Potter’s men are now eight points off the play-off places and eight point above the relegation zone.
A return to winning ways would be most welcome against a Brentford side who have not been in the best of form themselves.