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Swansea City (H)

26 January 2018

Notts County host Swansea City in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup looking to cause an upset against the Premier League side.

With the eyes of the world upon them, the Magpies will hope the Welsh side's battle for survival in the top flight will take priority, allowing County to take advantage and send the Swans crashing out.

Carlos Carvalhal's side overcame Championship leaders Wolves in a replay to earn their place at Meadow Lane and come into the game with confidence having won 1-0 at home to Liverpool on Monday night thanks to Alfie Mawson's goal.

And the game provides Notts with an opportunity to complete a hat-trick of scalps, having already beaten a League One and a Championship team in their cup run.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

“I don’t fear anybody when we are at Meadow Lane.

“It’s a tricky tie for them, but they are Premier League and will be professional. They will come and respect us, and do what is required of them.

“They have just beaten Liverpool too, but I am hoping we can upset the applecart and ruin what is going on there a little bit.

“I hope we can upset a few and have a little bit of Lady Luck on our side too because you need all  that if you're going to beat a Premier League side in a cup competition.”

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal says...

“Against Notts County it will be different [than against Liverpool]. Of course we are the bigger side, but we will respect Notts County. We will pick a team that can win the game.

“Especially in England, opponents will always ask you questions, so we must give the correct answers. Even the smaller teams are very organised and difficult to play against.

“And as we have seen in the cup competitions, such as the Carabao Cup, there can be surprises. We have to be ready and focused. If we do that, we will have a big advantage.

“We will prepare the team as well as we can to progress in this competition.”

Team news

Ross Fitzsimons and Matty Virtue are suspended for Notts after their red cards in Tuesday's loss against Crawley, while Matt Tootle is set to miss out through illness.

Swansea have no injury concerns ahead of the game, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Angel Rangel and Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches all returning to full fitness.


Swans loanee Tammy Abraham is a natural goalscorer who has risen through Chelsea’s youth ranks with a superb scoring record – 74 in 98 appearances between 2014 and 2016.

That form saw the 20-year-old sent on loan to Bristol City, where he enjoyed an outstanding debut season in senior football which earned him a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge prior to joining the Swans on another season-long loan.

The striker scored 26 goals in 48 games for the Robins, winning the club’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, and then helped England’s under-21 side to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

Five goals in the first two months of the season led to the youngster earning his first caps for England in the November friendlies against Germany and Brazil, though he has not found the back of the net since a match-winning brace against Huddersfield Town on 14 October.

We've met before

The head-to-head standings favour the away side, who have won 30 of the 70 previous meetings between the sides.

The last meeting went in Notts' favour, however, as Mark Stallard scored the only goal of the game at Meadow Lane in March 2005.

There have been two previous FA Cup ties between the teams, with both sides winning a game each.

Notts came out 3-1 winners in January 1931 before the Swans took revenge three years later with a 1-0 victory.

What are the odds?

William Hill have priced Notts up at 16/5 outsiders to beat the Swans, while the visitors are odds-on favourites at 19/20, a shade under evens. The draw, which would see the tie go to a replay at the Liberty Stadium, is 9/4.

Notts are 9/1 to repeat their 1-0 win at Brentford from round three and 50/1 to win 3-2, as they did against Oxford City in the second round.

A goal-laden 4-2 win, which would match the result against Bristol Rovers in the opening round, is available at 125/1.

You can get odds of 33/1 for Notts to win 1-0 with Jon Stead scoring the only goal, as was the case in west London earlier this month.

Meanwhile, captain Richard Duffy is 40/1 to open the scoring against his former club and Shola Ameobi is available at 9/1 in the same market.

Fancy the Magpies to win and keep a clean sheet? It's 5/1 for Nolan's men to win to nil and 7/1 for both teams to score with the Magpies progressing to the next round.

You can bet on the game here.

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Notts 1-1 Swansea

Stead scores again to put Notts in the hat

27 January 2018

Notts County put themselves in the hat for round five of the Emirates FA Cup with a 1-1 draw at

Jon Stead scored his sixth goal in as many matches to cancel-out Luciano Narsingh's first-half opener and send the tie to a replay.

Kevin Nolan made five changes to the team that faced Crawley Town in midweek.

Suspended duo Ross Fitzsimons and Matty Virtue made way for Adam Collin - making his return his from a lengthy injury - and Elliott Hewitt.

Carl Dickinson, Terry Hawkridge and Shola Ameobi also came in, replacing Dan Jones, Lewis Alessandra and Liam Noble.

The first shot of the day went to the visitors, Mike Van Der Hoorn stinging Collin's palms from range before Notts came within inches of creating a golden opportunity to take the lead, Jon Stead's low cross just evading Hewitt in the middle.

Jorge Grant tried to catch out Swans keeper Kristoffer Nordfledt with an inventive free-kick on 18 minutes but the keeper was alert to the danger.

Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches offered his side's response, bending a long-range effort wide minutes before Tammy Abraham struck an effort straight at Collin.

Sanches' name was the first in the book on 22 minutes following a foul on Stead.

Wilfried Bony fired an air-shot when attempting a volley and Van Der Hoorn headed the ball straight at Collin from a corner as the visitors tried to make their Premier League class show.

A frustrating first half for Sanches was curtailed on the half-hour mark when he limped off the field in place of former Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung.

Swansea's pressure continued to mount as the interval neared, Bony drawing a good reaction save from Collin after powering Narsingh's cross goalwards with his head.

And Carlos Carvalhal's team had the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time when Ki threaded Narsingh into the area and watched on as the Dutchman fired the ball into the far corner.

There were no changes at the break and Notts came within inches of levelling the scores shortly after the restart when Grant saw his free-kick take a nick off the wall and fly just wide.

It was the first in a string of chances for Grant, who went agonisngly close twice more - first with a driven shot across goal and then with a header from Hawkridge's cross.

Notts were calling all the shots and were left cursing their luck when a low ball across the six-yard box went all the way through without a telling touch.

But a deserved equaliser finally came just after the hour when Grant's low cross was turned home by Stead from close range in front of a jubilant Kop.

The game was now anyone's but it wasn't until the final 10 minutes that the visitors began to reapply concerted pressure.

Substitute Jordan Ayew fired an effort straight at Collin a minute before Richard Duffy blocked a shot with his face and Collin had to be alert to save from Ki on the rebound.

Grant went into the book for a foul on Swansea sub Sam Clucas before Nolan sent on Alessandra in place of Ameobi.

With a minute of normal time remaining, patient Swansea build-up resulted in Bony heading the ball inches wide.

Alan Smith replaced Noor Husin seconds before four minutes of added time were indicated at the end of the match.

In the dying seconds, Ayew curled the ball over the bar with a first-time effort from the edge of the area.

And that was to be the last of the action as the Magpies secured a replay at the Liberty Stadium, details of which will be confirmed in due course.

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Tickets: Swansea City (H)

Tickets still on sale for Emirates FA Cup fourth round-clash

24 January 2018

Tickets for Notts County's Emirates FA Cup fourth-round match against Swansea City on Saturday 27 January (3pm) are now on sale.

The Magpies' opponents were confirmed this evening when the Swans overcame Wolves in the third-round replay.

Notts have set their standard league pricing for this fixture, meaning adults can watch the match for only £20, while under 12s' tickets are only £1 and under sevens' are free.

Tickets are now on general sale, with season ticket holders having until 5.30pm on Saturday 20 January (after the home fixture against Exeter City) to purchase their usual seat for this fixture. After this time, all remaining seats will be released.

Season ticket holders who wish to secure their usual seat during this time should call 0115 955 7210 or visit the club shop/ticket office, as reserved seats are not available to purchase online.

Non-reserved seats can be purchased online now, or by calling 0115 955 7210 or visiting the club shop/ticket office.


Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
Senior (60+) £14 £14 £14
Young adult (18-21) £14 £14 £14
Under 18 (16-17) £7 £7 £7
Under 16 (12-15) £5 £5 £5
Under 12 (7-11) £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

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