Preview | Watford U23s v Swansea City U23s

10th January 2022
Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s travel to face Watford Under-23s in the Professional Development League on Tuesday afternoon (1pm).

The young Swans go into the game having not played a competitive game for six weeks.

In their last outing, the Swans picked up a 2-0 win away at QPR, with Jaden Forrester and Sam Leverett securing three points in the Professional Development League.

Swansea currently sit seventh in the league table, one point above their opposition Watford, potentially climbing as high as fifth with a victory.

Watford have also suffered from a disrupted fixture list, having last played on December 6, suffering a 4-0 defeat away to Professional Development League South group leaders Cardiff.

The Hornets currently sit just one place below the Swans, looking to leapfrog up the table with a win.

Swansea City Under-23s coach Kris O’Leary: “It’s been really disruptive, we always knew that we would miss some fixtures in the run up to Christmas, but the boys have come back, and they look in really good shape.

“The performance staff have done great work with the boys and this week has been all about getting them back up to speed, it was always going to be difficult, but I think you’ll find that with the vast majority of teams now.

“I think the most frustrating thing is that we had a really good result and really good performance and we couldn’t follow up with games called off.

“It’s all about attacking the second half of the season, we spoke over the Christmas period about the development of the players and it’s the next step now, some of the younger boys will step up in the back end of the season and it’s a really exciting opportunity for them.”

Previous meeting

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Swansea City Under-23s earned a 2-0 win over the Young Hornets at Landore.

A Swans side that comprised of a number of first-team players claimed the spoils, with Yan Dhanda and Liam Cullen both netting to earn three points.

The Swans continued pushing to extend their lead in the second half, but couldn’t find their way past the Watford goalkeeper again.