17-Feb-2018 12:32:39 | The Guardian
1 min: They’re off! The home side get the game started, and immediately hoist the ball forward.
And out they come! Excellent musical accompaniment, as well. At the risk of being a little hipster, I’ve always liked the extended 12” mix – from back in the day when “remix” meant “absurdly extended intro”, but all the better for it.
The teams are in the tunnel. Kick off is less than two minutes away.
Here’s some pictorial evidence of Mawson looking sore:
Carlos Carvalhal has another chat with BT Sport:
We have a game to play, it will be a tough game absolutely sure. We move I think six players comparing with last game, but still with a competitive team. It’s not our main competition but we want to respect the competition, we want to respect the opposition. Our priority is absolutely the Premier League. In this competition we are playing like underdogs, but not because we’re worse or better than the opponents. If we go to the next stage, fantastic. If we don’t go to the next round it’s not the end of the world.
Team change alert! Alfie Mawson has limped out of the warm-up, and out of the match. Kyle Naughton comes into the starting XI for Swansea.
The Sheffield Wednesday manager, Jos Luhukay, has a chat, firstly about the added confidence gained from their midweek win over Derby:
It must be good for a lot of condience and also the trust that we can play a good game today. The injuries have a long time that the players come back but we must handle the situation as we do it the last weeks, we are thinking positive and we trust the players who we now have. We must have good defending, try a good balance and also in the transition we must try to come very fast from defending to offensive and also in the other direction. I hope we have a good strategy today.
[And finally, on Carvalhal’s return] My colleague was two and a half years here, so he knows the club, he knows the team, the fans. For him I think it is a special game today.
BT Sport have dedicated an enormous chunk of preview time to an extended interview with Carlos Carvalhal. He is very watchable, says he enjoys spin classes and has “no doubt” that he would have got Sheffield Wednesday promoted this season had his squad not suffered so many injuries.
Buying players is like buying a melon A transfer analogy by the brilliant Carlos Carvalhal pic.twitter.com/ANkTBiLyhA
So far, it looks like a score draw: it’s 6-6 on the all-important team-change metric.
No hanging about, let’s rip straight into the teams:
Here is our team news today v @SwansOfficial, in association with @Ladbrokes #swfcLIVE pic.twitter.com/GykzKFmLIa
Here's how we line up against @swfc this afternoon...#SHESWA pic.twitter.com/BbHGdajyPv
Simon will be here shortly. In the meantime you can read how much Carlos Carvalhal has been looking forward to this tie. “I am an Owl forever,” he said after the replay rout of Notts County set up his dream return …
Related: Swansea’s 8-1 rout of Notts County excites Carvalhal for Wednesday return