By Richard Early
SWANSEA City travel to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium in the Championship on Saturday, November 9th – 3pm kick-off.
The Swans have started the 2019/20 Championship season strongly, winning eight, drawing four and losing three games so far and are placed fourth – two points off leaders West Bromwich Albion.
The Owls are currently three places and four points below Saturday’s visitors, having won seven, drawn three and lost five to date during their Championship campaign.
Steven Fletcher is the South Yorkshire side’s current top scorer with five goals, while Borja Bastón tops the scoring for the South Wales team with six goals.
Wednesday and Swansea last met in Championship action in February 2019 at Hillsborough Stadium and the hosts won 3-1, with Adam Reach netting a brace, before striker Fletcher scored and after the break, now Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie got one back for the Swans.
Two months previous, they played at the Liberty Stadium and the hosts won 2-1, as Marco Matias’ opener was cancelled out by goals from Bersant Celina and Wayne Routledge in quick succession.
As per a report from WalesOnline, Swansea City manager Steve Cooper shared his thoughts ahead of the encounter, saying:“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to, it’s a big club and an iconic stadium. We’ll be ready.
“We’re not talking too much about our away run [three games unbeaten], we take each game as it comes.
“We don’t have a different approach whether we’re home or away, we try to win each game. So far it’s served us well and the plans won’t change.”
According to swfc.co.uk, Sheffield Wednesday boss and former Swans manager and captain Garry Monk began by speaking about his time in South Wales and seeing familiar faces at the game, stating:“It was an honour to play for and manage the club but I’ve moved on now. The club is very different to when I was there, personnel has changed and I don’t know the ins and outs anymore.
“Obviously there are staff I speak to but that’s more general things and not just football but there will be a few faces good to see.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday player went on to discuss the encounter, adding:“But the main thing for me now is about Sheffield Wednesday and how we can approach this game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win it.
“We have confidence and belief and we go into this game with a good crowd, good home record and trying to put points on the board.”
The match will not be televised, but live updates can be followed via @swfc and @SwansOfficial on Twitter.