Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Matt Grimes of Swansea City scores their team's third goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at Liberty Stadium on January 23, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Swansea City will be looking to maintain their unbeaten league run in 2021 when Nottingham Forest visit the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Swans fell to defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup last time out but will be looking to carry on their excellent league form which has led them to third place in the Sky Bet Championship

The visitors come into this fixture off the back of a respectable 0-0 against top-six side Bournemouth

The point for Chris Hughton and his side meant that it is now one defeat in the last 11 league outings. The Reds come into the game sitting in 16th position and have a four-point cushion to the relegation zone.

Team news 

Steve Cooper will have near enough a full-strength squad to pick from when the sides meet at the Liberty. 

Youngster Liam Cullen is the only confirmed absentee for the Welsh side which will be a relief for Forest fans after the 21-year-old grabbed a double in the last encounter between the two sides.

It is likely that Cooper will pick the same lineup that faced Norwich City in their last Championship game. 

Forest boss raised eyebrows at the weekend when he made no substitutions despite having the likes of Joe Lolley and Lyle Taylor on the bench.

It is therefore likely Hughton will stick with the same 11 for the third game in a row. 

The Reds remain without midfield trio Ryan Yates, Samba Sow and Harry Arter with injuries preventing them from being involved in South Wales.

Predicted lineups

Swansea (3-5-2): 

Woodman; Roberts, Naughton, Guehi, Bennett, Bidwell, Grimes, Hourihane, Fulton, Ayew, Lowe. 

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1):

Samba; Christie, Worrall, Figueiredo, Bong, Garner, Cafu, Freeman, Krovinovic, Knockaert, Murray. 

Ones to watch

Matt Grimes - Swansea City

Club captain Matt Grimes scored a double in the last meeting against Forest including a 30-yard wonder strike. 

The Exeter City academy graduate has been instrumental in the Swans success this season, former a great midfield partnership with Jay Fulton. The pair often go unnoticed but their hard work in the middle of the park is integral for the side and is what has made them tick this season. 

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James Garner - Nottingham Forest

James Garner joined the Reds after an unsuccessful loan spell at fellow Championship side Watford but has been an instant hit in the Garibaldi Red.

Playing in defensive midfield alongside Cafu has really given Forest a different option going forward. Garner has the eye for a forward pass which is what Hughton's side have been missing from that position. It isn't just going forward, where Garner has excelled. Defensively he has added to the Forest side which have kept two clean sheets in the last two matches. 

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Previous meetings

The two sides last met just a month ago at the Liberty Stadium where Cooper's side ran out 5-1 winners in the FA Cup fourth round. Doubles from Cullen, Grimes and a first senior goal for Oli Cooper allowed the Swans to ease past the Reds. The last five meetings have been equal, with both sides winning two games each and drawing the other. 

Last time out...

How to watch

Due to the current national lockdown, no fans will be in attendance at the Liberty Stadium. This means the game is available on iFollow through Swansea and Forest's respective club websites, with passes being priced at £10. 

The game is also live on Sky Sports Football.

The game kicks off at 19:00 BST on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

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