Swansea City

Team news, match facts and prediction as Swansea City host Nottingham Forest at Liberty Stadium

Swansea city face Nottingham Forest today and fans will be eager to see what the Swans can produce following the International break.

The last outing against Millwall saw the Swans win in spectacular fashion as Oliver McBurnie scored yet another vital goal as they struck late on at the Den.

Fans will therefore be hoping for another three points today to build on their positive start to the season.

Potters men sit only three points behind early pace-setters Leeds and at times have played some really impressive stuff so far this season.

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A mixture of performances such as the disappointing defeat to Bristol, a hard-earned draw against Birmingham and of course that emphatic victory against Millwall typifies life in the Championship, but Potter will be confident that his side can achieve more consistency.

Given the rebuilding of the squad following relegation, the former Ostersund manager is yet to fully place his stamp on the team.

And with the likes of Wilfred Bony and Leroy Fer injured, the Swans have a lot more to give.

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High Hopes

Both Swansea and Forest have hopes of top-six finishes this season.

Although Swansea are going through change and have not splashed the cash, they still have a few quality players at Championship level.

Eleven points from six games is a good start, and if they can add one or two more players to the squad then the playoffs are certainly in contention.

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Oliver McBurnie has been on fire and the young striker is thriving under Potters’ progressive style of football.

The Scottish striker’s form will be key if Swansea are to finish in the playoffs – ¬†but can he keep it up?

Forest, on the other hand, have looked to the transfer market in order to bolster their chances of promotion.

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As of late, the reds have failed to mount any significant promotion pushes and the club has seen managers come and go.

But the appointment of Aitor Karanka along with sixteen summer signings suggests that Forest mean business.

New signings Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias have impressed Forest fans so far and they will only get better as they accustom themselves to Championship football.

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Forest’s squad is the strongest it has been for years, but it will take time for them to gel as a unit, which Karanka has already stressed to his squad.

The championship is an unforgiving league though, and the Spaniard will need to build on only one win this season if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge this season.

Team News

Swansea will still be without Leroy Fer and Wilfred Bony but a new injury blow for Potter sees winger Jefferson Montero sidelined up to six weeks due to a thigh injury.

Courtney Baker-Richardson is suspended following his red card against Millwall, but both Martin Ollson and Oliver McBurnie are in contention for returns following their minor injuries.

Forest have problems with Hillal Soudani and Sam Byram out for knee injuries, with the latter expected to be out for at least two months.

Defender Michael Dawson is set to make a return, however, and Claudio Yacob could make his debut following his departure from West Brom.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Swansea have enjoyed a brighter start to the season than Forest and will fancy their chances at home.

They have the ability to play good passing football and with the crowd behind them it could be a frustrating day for their opponents.

If McBurnie can also keep up his impressive form, I think a Swansea win is likely.

The last time the two met was back in 2011, where Darren Pratley’s halfway goal sent the swans to the play-off final.

This time around, Swans fans will be hoping for another victory to keep the momentum going and see their side move back into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship table.

(Featured image: Christopher Elkins)