Preview | Swansea City U21s v Burnley U21s

20th November
Joe Thomas

Swansea City Under-21s play their second Premier League Cup Group G fixture when they welcome Burnley to Landore on Monday afternoon. (2pm kick-off).

The Swans' opening outing in the competition saw Arsenal come from behind to seal victory against them back in August.

An early Josh Thomas goal had put the visitors ahead at Borehamwood, but an experienced Gunners' team fought back to take the points.

Burnley, meanwhile, have taken one point from their two games so far, drawing with Stoke but also suffering defeat to Arsenal.

It's been over four years since the Swans and Burnley last met in a competitive fixture. That game came in this exact competition in a campaign were the Swans were beaten finalists against Aston Villa. 

The fixture is free for supporters to attend and cheer on the development side. Fans can enter the site at Landore from 1pm.

Anthony Wright

Pre-match views

Swansea City U21s coach Anthony Wright: "Every game is a learning curve for us, whether it's a friendly or a cup game.

"We haven't played Burnley for a number of seasons, for us it's going to be a different test. We'll regroup now, and get back together.

"What we look for as coaches are signs of what have we learnt and how we improve from the second-half display against Coventry."

Swansea City U21s captain Brandon Cooper: "I think it will be good for the boys to have a different challenge again. 

“It will be good for the coaches to move the squad around a bit and play some players who haven’t played as much as they’d have liked. 

“It’s another challenge [against Burnley]. Every week is a different test. Some teams are athletic, some sit off and some press, it’s all different. 

“Looking ahead, Arsenal will be a different kettle of fish as well as they have a really good academy. We’ll see what happens."

Previous meeting - February 26, 2018

Burnley 0 Swansea City 1

Kenji Gorre scored the only goal of the game as Swansea City beat Burnley to advance to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup.

The winger was on target eight minutes before half-time at Tameside Stadium with his 11th goal of the season.

His strike proved to be enough as the young Swans secured second place in Group D and, with it, their passage into the last 16 of the competition.

They pounced after the hosts were sloppy in possession as Jordon Garrick found Gorre to drive into the area before firing into the bottom corner past Conor Mitchell.

The fixture saw centre-half Ben Cabango make his debut at under-23 level.

Swans U23s: Steven Benda, Mael Davies, Aaron Lewis, Jack Evans, Cian Harries (capt), Ben Cabango, Jordon Garrick, Marco Dulca, Botti Biabi (Courtney Baker-Richardson, 73), Liam Cullen (Kees De Boer, 87), Kenji Gorré.

Subs not used: Causso Darame, Gregor Zabret, Brandon Cooper.