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While there was always a chance that Russell Martin would struggle to fill the shoes of Steve Cooper, the newly-appointed head coach will be disappointed with his start at the Liberty Stadium.
On one hand, one defeat in six matches is respectable enough in the Championship, but four draws during the same period have kept the Swans in trouble at the wrong end of the table.
To their credit, four clean sheets have also been posted, the six goals that they have conceded all coming in the first half of games at Luton Town and Fulham respectively.
Nevertheless, over half of their nine league strikes this season have come from Joel Piroe, something which must change if they want to make progress over the coming weeks.
While he could potentially stick with the 11 players which started against Derby County, Ethan Laird and Morgan Whittaker are alternatives for Joel Latibeaudiere and Korey Smith respectively.
McCarthy says that Cardiff forward Kieffer Moore should be passed fit despite suffering a minor eye injury while on international duty with Wales.
A number of alterations are likely elsewhere, however, with Perry Ng, Sean Morrison and Joel Bagan all in line to return to the defence.
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Rubin Colwill will also hope to feature after only being named as a substitute against Reading.
Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Cabango, Naughton, Manning; Latibeaudiere, Downes, Grimes, Bidwell; Smith, Paterson; Piroe
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Ng, Flint, Morrison, Brown; Pack, Ralls; Giles, Colwill, Bacuna; Moore