Preview: Swansea City v Scunthorpe United
Updated Friday, 17th September 2010
Ian Baraclough's second match as caretaker manager sees Scunthorpe head to South Wales.
Baralough had a dream start to life in charge of the Iron on Tuesday night, with a 4-0 victory at Sheffield United. He knows another result like that is unlikely, but will be hoping to come back with at least a point from the longest away trip of the season.
Iron team news
Rob Jones (knee) was hoping to return to training on Friday, having been unable to take part since suffering his injury in last Saturday's match against Bristol City. Jim McNulty (ankle) and Garry Thompson (groin) remain absent.
Swans team news
The Swans were expected to complete the loan signing of West Ham's Frank Nouble in time for the game. Nouble is an England U19 international, who worked with Swans boss Brendan Rodgers when he was a youth player at Chelsea. Rodgers has turned to Nouble as he has a lack of strikers - Stephen Dobbie is the only first-team forward fit enough to play.
Historical achievements: The Swans have, like the Iron, spent much of their time in the Football League in the lower divisions, with their most recent silverware being the League One title in 2007/08. They have won the Football League Trophy twice - in 1994 and 2006 - and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1926 and 1964. Under John Toshack they reached the First Division in 1981, but five years later they were back in Division Four. They had enjoyed a meteoric rise through the divisions, but an equally-quick drop.
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Stats and figures
Chris Dagnall's two goals against Sheffield United on Tuesday mean he is now the Iron's top scorer, with four goals in all competitions. Scunthorpe have won two of their three away games, but are up against a side who have been victorious in all three of their home games. In fact, the Welsh side were disappointed to concede a goal on Tuesday when they saw off Coventry 2-1.
Scunthorpe won at the Liberty Stadium last season, winning 2-1 in the Carling Cup. League meetings were not so favourable for the Iron, going down 3-0 in Wales. The two sides have come up against each other regularly over the years. Swansea have a definite historical advantage at home, having won 18 times compared to the Iron's seven.
Click here for our full record of meetings between the two sides
Danny McDermid (Hampshire)
Swansea City 7/10 / Draw 5/2 / Scunthorpe United 4/1 (Paddy Power)