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A challenge - But is it good or bad for Swansea City?

Swansea City will try to bounce back from three games without a win when they face League One Crawley Town tomorrow, is it a good or bad time to face a potential giant killing?

Swansea's away draw in the Capital One Cup against the Red Devils isn't all it sounds, you see this brings no trip to Old Trafford, but to Broadfield Stadium, home of Crawley Town who share the nickname with Manchester United.

If Michael Laudrup feels he is adjusting to life managing in England, tomorrow will be a new experience he is yet to encounter, a cup tie away to a lower division club, when they rock up at Crawley's 5,500 seater stadium.

The Swans had a terrific start the the season, destroying QPR at Loftus Road, and sauntering past a visiting West Ham, scoring eight goals in their first two, and conceding none. To boot they then beat Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium in the second round of the cup on August 28.

Since then it has not gone so well, in fact Swansea remain winless in September, and have just two chances to put that right. Before they face a tricky away tie to Stoke next weekend, they have an opportunity against Crawley to get back to winning ways.

But is the tie what they need at the moment or is it a case of bad timing? 

The answer to that will be in how they respond. Facing the tricky environment away to an in-form and no doubt up for it Crawley will be a challenge, and it can be one that  brings the squad closer together, especially if they win.

But a loss would not be good for their confidence, especially after successive defeats without scoring a goal against Aston Villa and Everton. The Stoke game will be another tough one, and the Swans could do with a confidence booster ahead of their visit to the Potteries, rather than suffer further damage.

So what sort of team is Michael Laudrup likely to select? The game at home to Barnsley saw first choice stars Michel Vorm, Michu, and Ashley Williams all left on the bench, and it is likely the Dane will rotate again here, and look to freshen up his team after back-to-back defeats.

Luke Moore came into the starting line-up against the Tykes, and scored twice. It is likely he will be in contention for a start, while Pablo Hernandez and Ki could be given further chances to get their Swansea careers going.

It will be an education to football in England for Hernandez when the club visit Crawley, who swapped Champions League club Valencia for the chance to play for Swansea.

Crawley are flying high in League One after successive promotions from the Conference and League Two, currently sitting just two places off the play-offs, and are looking upwards towards the Championship. However they have only one point from their last two matches, so are more lukewarm than red hot at the moment.

Laudrup will have to take them seriously, otherwise an upset could be in the offing, and if that is the case, the feelgood factor from Swansea's excellent season start really will be in danger of evaporating.

Is the trip to Crawley what Swansea need right now? Do you expect them to come through it?

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