Swansea vs Brentford preview: Oli McBurnie in line for start
Last Updated: 17/02/19 8:51am
Swansea's top scorer Oli McBurnie is in line to start in Sunday's FA Cup fifth round clash with Brentford after struggling with illness.
McBurnie has scored 16 goals so far this season, but has made limited appearances in recent weeks due to flu, although could return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Swansea manager Graham Potter wants his side to focus on fellow Sky Bet Championship opponents Brentford and not the potential perks of an extended cup run.
He said: "What dominates my thinking is how we can win the next match, we can't worry about what might happen or what might be. You just have to try and win.
"At the stage we are at, we want to go into any game we have and believe we can win and go forward from there.
"But I am a million miles away from thinking about Wembley. I have far too much respect for Brentford and what they do to think about anything other than how we can beat them."
Brentford defender Yoann Barbet is also confident that his side can make it into the FA Cup quarter-finals, telling the club's official website: "It's a good opportunity to go to a quarter-final, maybe only one or two of our players have been in a quarter-final before.
"It will be a tough game, we lost 3-2 at home against them and it will be hard but we will do everything we can to go through."
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer is a doubt with a hamstring problem, while Leroy Fer (hamstring), Declan John (ankle) and Wayne Routledge (calf) are all out. Joe Rodon (foot) and Martin Olsson (Achilles) remain longer-term absentees.
Brentford will assess Rico Henry, who has been sidelined with a foot injury. Henrik Dalsgaard is hoping to play, despite breaking a bone in his hand in training last Monday.
Swansea have won their last five meetings with Brentford in all competitions, including a 3-2 win in December in the Championship.
The only previous FA Cup meeting between Swansea and Brentford was in the first round in 1971-72, the Swans winning 3-2 after a replay.
Swansea are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1925-26/1926-27 campaigns.
This will be Brentford's first FA Cup fifth round match since the 2005-06 campaign (1-3 vs Charlton), with the Bees last reaching the quarter-final in 1988-89.
Swansea have won both of their FA Cup games by a three goal margin this season. The last side to win three in a row by a 3+ goal margin were West Bromwich Albion en route to the semi-final in 2007-08.
Neal Maupay has netted in all three of Brentford's FA Cup matches so far this season.
Brentford were outstanding and gave Villa a runaround for fun. Absolute runaround. Brentford are a weird team, they went and got beaten by Forest, they are flying along and they go and slaughter Villa - I know it was only 1-0. Swansea are good. They are picking up a bit and are a bit inconsistent but I think Brentford will open the game up.
MERSE PREDICTS: 1-2 in extra-time (9/1 with Sky Bet)