Preview | Swansea City v Bournemouth

29th August
First team
Outside the Stadium at night

Swansea City will look to claim a Premier League scalp when they host top-tier Bournemouth at the Stadium tonight (7.30pm).

The Swans take on the Cherries for the first time since April 2022, having secured their place in the second round with a 3-0 victory over Northampton Town in round one.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, have entered the competition in this round along with all other top-flight clubs not competing in European competition.

Team news

Josh Ginnelly Swans U21s Crewe 5

Swansea will hope to have Josh Ginnelly available after the forward missed the weekend fixture at Preston through illness.

Michael Duff has suggested he will not make wholesale changes for the visit of the Cherries, but the likes of Ollie Cooper and Joe Allen will be among those hoping for a starting opportunity.

Pre-match views

Michael Duff press

Michael Duff: "It will be a tough game because the gap to the Premier League has grown, it is getting bigger and bigger.

"You look at Burnley, they were promoted with 100 points last season yet they are instantly one of the three favourites for relegation.

"It shows how big the gap between the levels is, and it’s becoming a bit like it used to be years ago where there were big gaps between the division, but now it is due to finances.

"But it is an opportunity, it is a challenge and a chance to continue to work on certain things."

Andoni Iraola: “I haven't made this decision on whether to rotate.

“We will wait until we see how they recover after Tottenham as it was very physical and some of the players finished really tired.

“Philip (Billing) had cramps at the end because he ran a lot.

“Some players finished feeling tight, so we'll see how they recover and we'll take the decision we think is right for Swansea.”


Remember the last time?

Matt Grimes Bournemouth Home

Swansea City and Bournemouth shared the spoils after a thrilling and absorbing Championship clash when the Cherries last visited the Stadium in April 2022.

The home side had surged into a two-goal interval lead after a pair of superb finishes from Joel Piroe took the striker’s tally for the season to 24.

When Cyrus Christie added to the lead after the break there looked to be no way back for the promotion hopefuls.

But the Cherries responded through a Kieffer Moore header and a Dominic Solanke penalty to set up a tense finish, before Wales striker Moore struck an equaliser in the 90th minute.

Prime numbers

4 – This is the fourth time in the six seasons since returning to the Championship that Swansea have faced Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup, having previously taken on Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton during that time.

11 – Bournemouth have proven something of a bogey team for the Swans over the years. The hosts are 11 games without a win against the Cherries in a sequence stretching back to 2007.