Preview | Swansea City U21s v Aston Villa U21s

13th November 2023
Kristian Fletcher

Swansea City Under-21s will look to continue their 100 per cent record in the Premier League Cup when they host Aston Villa at Landore Training Ground tonight (7pm).

Entry for the game is free, and supporters are welcome onsite from 6pm.

The Swans will look to bounce back from their recent away defeat to AFC Bournemouth in the Professional Development League, after a late comeback came up short after goals from Kyrell Wilson (2) and Kristian Fletcher weren't enough to salvage a point in a 4-3 loss.

However, the hosts been in excellent form on home turf for some time, last tasting defeat in SA1 in November 2022, and will look to make it three consecutive wins in this competition following victories over Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Villa, meanwhile, sit third in Group A after recording one win and one draw, with the Swans currently holding the top spot.


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Coach Anthony Wright: "Aston Villa are a well-established side, and I know it's going to be a good experience for our players to face top opposition.

"The cup itself is also great for the development of our young players, but it's also something we want to succeed in and I'm sure the boys are up for it."


Previous meeting - March 15 2019

Swansea City 2 Aston Villa 0

First-half goals from Ben Cabango and Jordon Garrick helped Swansea City Under-23s reach the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup at the expense of Aston Villa in a game played in awful weather conditions at Landore.

The Swans had by far the better of the opening half and defender Cabango headed home an early corner to give them the lead, before Garrick – on his return to the side – scored a brilliant second.

The Swans spurned chances to extend their lead before the break and spent much of the second period on the back foot with the weather favouring the visitors.

But they defended stoutly and came out on top, in what was a rematch of the previous season’s final, to reach the last eight for the third campaign in a row.

Swansea City Under-21s: Gregor Zabret; Tivonge Rushesha, Ben Cabango (capt), Brandon Cooper, Matthew Blake; Kees De Boer, Marco Dulca (Simon Paulet 81), Tom Price; Olliei Cooper, Jordon Garrick (Mason Jones-Thomas 33), Keiran Evans.

Unused Subs: Josh Gould, Dan Williams, Cameron Evans.