FA Cup Third Round draw: Swans face tough trip to Oxford

The big boys of the football league entered the fray for the Third Round of the FA Cup on Monday night, where Swansea City were drawn against League Two table-toppers Oxford United.

The Swans will make the trip up the M4 to the Kassam Stadium in the New Year to face the U's and a side who have have had contrasting fortunes to Garry Monk's struggling outfit.

Oxford in good form, in contrast to the Swans

Michael Appleton's Oxford United sit pretty on top of the fourth tier of English football, level on points with Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town. 

Oxford have plenty of fire power at their disposal, with Jabo Ibehre and Kemar Roofe leading the club's goal-scoring chart with 12 goals apiece. Their contributions mean that the U's have only lost one game in their last 10 too.

Oxford United have had a flying start to the new season and will be a tough opponent for Swansea. (Photo: Telegraph)
Oxford United have had a flying start to the new season and will be a tough opponent for Swansea. (Photo: Telegraph)

In comparison, Swansea are in disarray. The South Wales outfit have won just the one of their last 12 games, that coming against bottom side Aston Villa back in October, having lost the remaining eight and drawn three.

Of greater concern will be the fact the side have scored just six times since September.

With the wolves at the door for Swansea boss Monk - with certain quarters reporting his sacking being on the horizon - whether he will be in charge come January, is another matter.

The two teams to meet again

In the head to head, the two have met 26 times in their history, with honours even at 10 wins each.

The last time they met was back in 2005, when Swansea, then under Kenny Jackett's charge, were a League Two side. 

When the sides meet once more, three tiers of football will separate them. Whatever the case, Swansea face a tough fight on their hands for a spot in the Fourth Round draw.

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