Preview: Reading v Swans

19th September 2017
First team

After a trip to Wembley last weekend, the Swans continue their quest to return to the capital in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Paul Clement's side held Tottenham Hotspur to a goal-less draw last Saturday in the Premier League, but attention now switches to knockout competition and a trip to Reading.

The Swans famously won this competition in 2013 - beating the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea en route to the final, which saw them ease past Bradford courtesy of a record 5-0 win at Wembley.

The Swans booked their place in the third round of this year's tournament after coming from behind to beat League One side MK Dons 4-1 in the previous stage.

Reading, meanwhile, earned a home tie after advancing past Gillingham and Millwall.

 

Team news

Ex-Swans winger Modou Barrow is set to miss out on facing his former club, with the Gambian sidelined with a knee injury which saw him sit out last weekend's draw with Brentford.

Clement has no new injury concerns, with Wilfried Bony hoping to make his first start following his move from Manchester City.

Nathan Dyer is back in training but not available for selection yet while Ki Sung-Yueng and Kyle Bartley remain on the sideline.

What they said

Reading boss Jaap Stam: “They’ve got a good quality team, everybody knows that with a Premier League team, so we can expect something but we’ll try and do our best and do well against them.”

Swans assistant coach Nigel Gibbs: “We picked up a good point at Spurs last weekend, but now this is our most important game - the next game always is.

"The club has some wonderful memories of this competition after winning it four years ago.

Last six meetings

Dec 26, 2009: Reading 1 Swans 1

Oct 16, 2010: Reading 0 Swans 1

Jan 1, 2011: Swans 1 Reading 0

May 30, 2011: Reading 2 Swans 4

Oct 6, 2012: Swans 2 Reading 2

Dec 26, 2012: Reading 0 Swans 0

 

Last six league matches

Reading: LDWLWL

Swans: WDLWLD

 

Pre-match stats

Reading have progressed past Swansea in the three League Cup ties they have played against the Swans; most recently a 1-0 victory in round two of the 2007-08 League Cup.

The Royals have only progressed past Premier League opposition in one of their last 10 League Cup matches; a 3-2 victory against QPR in September 2012.

Swansea have won 13 of their last 16 League Cup contest against lower league opponents, including a 5-0 win over Bradford City in the 2013 League Cup final.