Team news | Swansea City v Burnley

2nd January 2023
First team
Reading away Joe Allen 2

Joe Allen returns to the Swansea City starting line-up in the only change for the opening fixture of 2023 against Championship leaders Burnley.

Head coach Russell Martin sticks with the same 18 that were in the matchday squad for Friday’s 4-0 thumping of promotion hopefuls Watford.

The only alteration in selection sees Allen come in for Luke Cundle in the Swans midfield.

Steven Benda continues in goal, with Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling and Ryan Manning making up the Swansea defence.

Skipper Matt Grimes is joined by Allen and Jay Fulton in midfield, with Ollie Cooper set to operate just ahead of them.

The in-form pairing of Liam Cullen and Joel Piroe, who have six goals between them from Swansea’s last three games, lead the line for the hosts.

The visitors' starting XI includes two former Swans with both Connor Roberts and skipper Jack Cork making a return to SA1.

Swansea City: Steven Benda; Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling, Ryan Manning; Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain), Joe Allen, Ollie Cooper; Liam Cullen, Joel Piroe.

Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Olivier Ntcham, Luke Cundle, Nathan Wood, Kyle Naughton, Matty Sorinola, Cameron Congreve.

Burnley: Arijanet Muric, Josh Cullen, Jack Cork (captain), Connor Roberts, Nathan Tella, Jay Rodriguez, Ian Maatsen, Anass Zaroury, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Josh Brownhill, Jordan Beyer.

Substitutes: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Charlie Taylor, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Barnes, Scott Twine, Manuel Benson, Samuel Bastien.