Preview | West Ham United U23s vs Swansea City U23s

11th February 2022
Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s travel to London to face West Ham United (2pm kick-off) in their final game in Group F of the Premier League Cup.

The Swans currently sit third in Group F, but are unable to qualify for the next round of the competition.

In their last Premier League Cup game, the Swans were held to a 2-2 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with spectacular goals from Joel Cotterill and Rio Campbell headlining a positive performance.

The young Swans go into the game on a good run of form, having lost just one of their seven games in 2022.

West Ham currently sit second in Premier League 2, just four points behind league leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

Despite West Ham’s excellent league run, the Hammers go into the game following back-to-back defeats against Leicester City and Manchester United.

The Hammers have only lost one of their Premier League Cup fixtures, winning three and drawing one game in the group stage.

Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s coach Kris O’Leary: “We just keep building, every game we look to just keep building.

“We’re coming up against one of the best under-23 sides in the country, if not the best, so it’s going to be a real good challenge for the boys.

“We should be able to get a bit more of the ball and be able to play, be a bit more like ourselves than we could against Charlton, so we look forward to it.

“I think the boys have been outstanding when you look at it, the game we have lost so far, anybody there could see we dominated the game and gifted away two goals.

“It’s about how we play over results and I think the boys have been fantastic through this busy period, it’s the best learning curve they will ever get at this level.”

Previous meeting

Azeem Abdulai

The two sides last met in their first Group F encounter, with West Ham coming out on top with a 4-2 win.

The Premier League 2 side scored two penalties converted by Jayden Fevrier and Mesque Dju respectively, with Aji Alese and Armstrong Oko-Flex also finding the net.

Azeem Abdulai got on the scoresheet for the Swans before Tarrelle Whittaker converted a penalty of their own, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat against the Hammers.