Preview | Swansea City v Bristol City

13th February 2022
First team
Stadium - Sheff Utd 14 Aug 21

Swansea City go in search of just a second league double over Bristol City as they look to hit back from defeat at Stoke in midweek.

The 3-0 defeat at the bet365 Stadium was the Swans third in four games and there is no let up in the fixture schedule as the Robins head to the Stadium.

Injuries and suspensions have come at inopportune moments for Russell Martin and his squad, but he will be determined to see a reaction after admitting the showing in the Potteries was some way short of the standards he demands.

The visitors sit one place and two points above the Swans having played two games more, with the hosts knowing a win would move them above their opponents in the table.

Team news

Bournemouth away Ryan Bennett

Swansea City will have Ryan Manning back after he served his one-match suspension in the defeat at Stoke.

However, Ryan Bennett will now serve his own ban after receiving a red card in the Potteries in midweek.

Kyle Naughton is also absent once again with a thigh injury, meaning January signing Finley Burns could be handed a debut.

Pre-match views

Russell Martin press conference new

Russell Martin: "I watched them on Wednesday night, a team that have found a way of working that suits them and makes them a real threat at the top end of the pitch.

"Behind that, they have people who are willing to work very hard. It’ll be a brilliant atmosphere. I hope we can replicate the same atmosphere we had, especially from the second half against Blackburn.

"Tuesday night is the only game where I think we didn’t play well. We have to make sure we put in a performance on Sunday and if we do I'm sure it’ll help us get what we want."

Nigel Pearson: "It's a derby so it'll be a tough game. I know we'll be well supported, whether it be in person in the stadium or elsewhere.

"There'll be a lot of interest in how we perform, and of course the result.

"We're expecting to play against a team who like to keep possession. We'll have to make sure we're good at what we do.

"There aren't many teams who have scored more goals than us, our problem has been conceding too many throughout the season, and certainly recently.

"But we're a more potent force than people have given us credit for."

Remember the last time?

Bristol City home Ben Cabango

Swansea City suffered their first home Championship defeat since October 2020 as Bristol City claimed the spoils on their last visit to SA1 at the end of February 2021.

The Swans were beaten in the league on home soil for the first time in 14 attempts as the Robins came from behind to claim victory.

Steve Cooper's side had dominated large periods of the first half and edged their noses in front 10 minutes after the break through Andre Ayew's penalty.

But the visitors - overseen by new boss Nigel Pearson for the first time - responded with Nakhi Wells equalising, before former Swans loanee Kasey Palmer scored straight from a corner to complete the turnaround.

And the hosts' misery was completed in stoppage time, when substitute Antoine Semenyo charged down Freddie Woodman's attempted clearance and slotted into the empty net.

Prime numbers

Blackburn home Andy Fisher

8 – The Swans have kept 13 clean sheets in all competitions this season, with eight of those coming at the Stadium.

64 – The Swans have a chance to complete a first league double over Bristol City since the 1957-58 season, some 64 years ago. That season the Swans followed up a 5-1 win on home turf with a 2-1 victory in the return fixture.