Team news | Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

21st August 2019
First team
Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew makes his first Swansea City start in 15 months as one of two changes to Steve Cooper’s starting line-up against QPR.

The Ghanaian performed strongly in substitute appearances against Northampton and Preston and he comes into the starting line-up with Nathan Dyer (hamstring) an injury absentee.

It’s Ayew’s first Swansea start since the 2-1 defeat to Stoke in May 2018, and there is also a change on the other flank as Bersant Celina moves out to the left and George Byers comes into the starting line-up at number 10.

Byers was another man to make an impression off the bench at the weekend, and he comes in for Aldo Kalulu, who is also ruled out by injury.

Freddie Woodman continues in goal with the same back four of Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn, Joe Rodon and former QPR man Jake Bidwell ahead of him.

Jordon Garrick

Captain Matt Grimes and Jay Fulton retain their midfield places with Ayew, Byers and Celina operating as a three ahead of them.

Borja Baston, the two-goal hero of the weekend victory, again leads the line for the Swans.

Jordon Garrick is among the substitutes after his lively appearances against Northampton.

Queens Park Rangers: Joe Lumley; Todd Kane, Grant Hall (captain), Yoann Barbet, Ryan Manning; Geoff Cameron; Bright Osayi-Samuel, Matt Smith, Luke Amos, Ebere Eze; Jordan Hugill.

Subs: Marc Pugh, Josh Scowen, Jan Mlakar, Ilias Chair, Nahki Wells, Liam Kelly, Toni Leistner.

Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn, Joe Rodon, Jake Bidwell; Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes; Andre Ayew, George Byers, Bersant Celina; Borja Baston.

Subs: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Kyle Naughton, Ben Wilmot, Yan Dhanda, Wayne Routledge, Jordon Garrick, Sam Surridge.