Preview | Swansea City U21s v Brighton & Hove Albion U21

6th October
Harry Jones

Swansea City Under-21s turn their attention back to the Premier League Cup on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Landore Training Ground (2pm).

The Swans got off to a flying start in their opening Group A fixture against Hull City, as second-half goals from Kristian Fletcher (2) and strikes from Ruben Davies and Liam Smith secured a dominant 4-0 victory over the Tigers. 

The age-grade side are unbeaten on home turf this season in all competitions. Last time out, the Swans had to settle for a point against Watford in an eight-goal thriller in the Professional Development League.

Brighton, meanwhile, played out a 2-2 draw against fellow Group A opponents Aston Villa in September. The Premier League 2 side currently six sixth in their league, undefeated in their last five outings. 


Pre-match views

Coach Anthony Wright: "It's a great challenge, and probably the right one after Watford. I think players are going to really have to show themselves and stand up.

"I have no doubt that we will. When we win games, I don't get too high with the boys. It's always about the development and identifying the most important factors.

"We'll regroup, and it's up to us to put those things right ahead of Saturday. They're all honest boys and I'm sure they'll do that."

Previous meeting - November 26, 2018

Swansea City 2 Brighton 3

Swansea City Under-23s suffered their first defeat in five matches as they were beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion in Premier League 2 when the sides last met in SA1.

The young Swans appeared to be in control on their return to league action as first-half goals from Liam Cullen and Keiran Evans gave them a 2-0 lead.

However, they lived to regret their failure to capitalise on their superiority as two quickfire goals from Aaron Connolly brought the contest level, before Viktor Gyokeres snatched a dramatic late winner.

Swans U23s: Steven Benda, Tyler Reid, Aaron Lewis, Adnan Maric (capt), Brandon Cooper, Joe Lewis, Jordon Garrick, Adam King (Ryan Blair, ht), Liam Cullen, Simon Paulet, Keiran Evans (Ollie Cooper, 83).

Subs not used: Gregor Zabret, Jordi Govea, Kees de Boer.