Yeovil Town take on Swansea City tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in a League One clash that kicks off at 3.00pm. The two sides have had a long-standing friendly rivalry in that they are the only side the Glovers have faced in every season since they entered the Football League. Promoted to League One at the same time, and almost always a position or two above or below each other, the Swans have represented persistently tough opposition.
This season is no different. The Welsh side currently lie three places above the Glovers and just two points ahead, meaning that a win for the home side at Huish Park would see a game of leap-frog developing. However, they are in excellent form at present with a 5-0 win over League Leaders Leyton Orient and a 4-0 win over basement side AFC Bournemouth having both been picked up on their travels in their last two games. With last week's home match against Hartlepool United having been called off due to the death of a Hartlepool player, the Swans have had a fortnight off and Glovers boss Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he is expecting something a bit special tomorrow:
"I know it will be perhaps our strongest test of the season. They are scoring plenty of goals, particularly on their travels, with five at Orient and four at Bournemouth and we know that will be difficult. In my opinion they are the most accomplished team in the league. They are going very well and they've got a nice balance about them."
Slade's team news is relatively good considering recent problems in team selection. Long term injuries Lee Morris (knee), Marvin Williams (ankle), Terry Skiverton (groin) and Marc Bircham (hamstring) of course remain unavailable whilst Lee Peltier serves a one match suspension whilst he returns temporarily to Liverpool for treatment on his ankle. However, Russell reported good news with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall returning and striker Marcus Stewart, who is something of a nemesis to Swansea, having scored in both matches last season, expected to be in the squad:
"Marcus Stewart had a training session this morning (Thursday) and so we are hoping that he is back into contention for us. Gary Dempsey got through another Reserve Team game and he is getting ever closer to the shake-up. Other than that we've obviously got Lee Peltier suspended on Saturday after picking up five bookings."
The fortnight off for Swansea has meant that manager Roberto Martinez has seen nearly his entire squad return to full fitness, with Darryl Duffy (groin) Alan Tate (knee), Andy Robinson (hamstring) Leon Britton (hamstring) and Owain Tudur Jones (knee) all coming back into contention. The only obvious absentee is former Glovers midfielder Darren Way. After nearly two years worth of injuries, he is expecting to travel down to meet old friends but will be sat in the stands. However, Darren is hoping to still play against Yeovil at Huish Park - the two Reserve sides meet on Wednesday at Huish Park and this could also be the best place to find Kevin Amankwaah, who has not featured in any league matches this season and seems to have dropped heavily down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm and Swansea report that they have sold 1,322 out of their 1,500 away allocation at Huish Park. Tickets will be available on the day of the match, although as this is a Premium Priced match, you will need to add four pounds to all adult and concessionary prices. Under 16s and Junior Glovers admission prices are unaffected by this policy.
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