Preview | Charlton Athletic U23s vs Swansea City U23s

6th February 2022
Swansea City U23s

Swansea City Under-23s travel to London to face Charlton Athletic  in the Professional Development League on Monday (1pm kick-off).

The Swans go into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw against category one side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Cup.

Kris O’Leary’s side have had a strong start to 2022, having lost just one of their five games so far this year, suffering defeat in their league fixture against Milwall.

The young Swans currently sit eighth in the Professional Development League, but a win at Charlton could propel them as high as sixth.

Charlton have also had a strong start to 2022, having won three of their four games so far, drawing 1-1 with Watford in their other outing.

In their previous game, the Addicks picked up three points at home to QPR with a 3-1 win.

Charlton currently sit fourth in the Professional Development League, just three points behind second placed Ipswich.

Pre-match views

Kris O'Leary

Swansea City U23s coach Kris O’Leary: “It’s a game just three days after our last one, I’ve reiterated to the players and the staff that you don’t get this at development football often and it’s perfect.

“If you ever wanted to set yourself up for first team football, especially in the Championship, this is exactly what it’s like, the Championship is relentless, it’s brilliant for them.

“It’s good for the players learning as well, they get to understand about recovery, what’s good for them and what isn’t good for them.

“We won’t change, it’s taken a while to get to where we are with a new group of players from the summer, but we know what we’re about.

“We won’t be asking the players to do anything different on the ball, maybe slight tweaks in position and who’s on.

“But we will continue to ask the players to play from the back and through the thirds, it’s the principles of what we do as a club and that won’t change.

“We are ready to go again, there may be a few changes because there were some tired bodies after the Wolves game.”

Bournemouth away Morgan Whittaker 1

Previous meeting

The two sides last met earlier this season in November, with the Addicks coming out on top with a 3-1 win.

Morgan Whittaker scored the only goal for the Swans, but two goals for Dylan Gavin and an incredible free-kick from Aaron Henry earned the visitors all three points.