Swansea City take on QPR in the Championship at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Steve Cooper’s side safe in the knowledge that a win is needed if they want to keep their slim automatic promotion hopes alive.
The Swans blew a great opportunity to move closer to second-placed Watford at the weekend as they could only muster a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers, with the Hornets losing 1-0 against rivals Luton Town.
Those results mean that Swansea are now six points behind Xisco Muñoz’s side with just four games remaining, although Cooper’s side will face Watford on the final day of the season.
Therefore, with Watford facing a tricky game away at already promoted Norwich City this evening, Swansea will have to go all out for the three points against a QPR side who have nothing really left to play for.
Here’s how we think Cooper will line his side up on Tuesday night, with three changes from the side that started against Wycombe at the weekend…
Although he could perhaps have done better with Wycombe’s second strike at the weekend, Freddie Woodman keeps his place in goal.
There’s one change in defence, as Jake Bidwell replaces Ryan Manning, whilst Cooper switches back to a back-four after inexplicably going for a back-five against one of the worst teams in the division last time out.
This sees Kyle Naughton drop out of the side to make room for an extra attacker, as the Swans need to attack from the off against Mark Warburton’s side.
The midfield trio of Conor Hourihane, Matt Grimes and Jay Fulton stays in place, as all three impressed in the recent wins against Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.
There are two changes in attack, as Wayne Routledge comes in on the right-hand side, with Jamal Lowe switching to the left-wing in order to accommodate Liam Cullen up front.
With Andre Ayew injured, the 21-year-old is the ideal choice up front after he marked his return from injury with the equaliser against Wycombe on Saturday.