Swansea City will be looking to build on Saturday’s win at Coventry City and progress through to the Carling Cup third round when Scunthorpe United visit the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Paulo Sousa’s side comfortably beat Brighton and Hove Albion in the opening round 3-0 thanks to a goal from Garry Monk and a Stephen Dobbie brace.
Scunthorpe meanwhile have experienced a struggling start to their Championship season after winning promotion in May from League One. They’ve been on the back of two 4-0 defeats, and they’ll be looking to bounce back on Tuesday with a much-needed confidence-boosting win.
Swansea Midfielder, Leon Britton:
‘They (Scunthorpe) are going to be disappointed after losing heavily at Sheffield Wednesday but it’s all about us,’
‘If we carry on with the standards we have shown at Coventry and last week against Reading we will start getting more wins on the board – starting against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.’
‘We had good runs in both cups last year and it’s something that can give you a huge confidence boost.
‘We want to carry on the winning mentality and it all starts again this Tuesday.
‘It may only be a cup game but we want to win it and go as far as we can this in competition.’
Swansea City Team News:
Paulo Sousa welcomes the return of Jordi Lopez after recovering from a dead leg. He came off the bench on Saturday and he could make a return to the starting line-up as the Swans boss is sure to make some changes.
Marcos Painter is continuing to recover from a long term injury and while he won’t start the game, he could feature from the substitutes bench.
New signing Besian Idrizaj is available for selection after completing his move to the club on Monday after receiving international clearance from the German FA. He’ll need to gain his fitness over the next couple of weeks but he could make the bench.
Ferrie Bodde, Joe Allen, Darren Pratley, Tom Butler, Guillem Bauza and Albert Serran are all sidelined with injuries.
Paulo Sousa said it’s a ‘possibility’ that Goalkeeper David Cornell could make his debut.
Player to watch: Nathan Dyer
The right winger is probably our best player of the month so far, impressing in all five games this season. He’s caused problems for opposition defences with his pace and skill down the right flank and he’s our most consistent performer.
Scunthorpe United Team News:
Scunthorpe United will be without former Hibernian defender Rob Jones after he collided with a goalpost during Saturday’s match. He has since been released from hospital after having treatment for concussion. Swansea City were linked with a move for Jones in the Summer but he joined the Iron in a club record ‘undisclosed’ fee.
They could welcome back defender David Mirfin though who’s recently been sidelined with an ankle injury. He’s in contention to feature in Scunthorpe’s squad.
Andrew Wright (broken metatarsal) is a long term casualty and Kenny Milne is out with a knee injury. Midfielder Sam Togwell could return after featuring in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Player to watch: Coming soon
Match Facts & Stats
This is the first time the two sides have met in the League Cup.
This is Swansea City’s 9th consecutive League Cup home tie. We’ve won 5 in the last 8.
Scunthorpe are aiming to reach the third round of the competition for the first time in 21 years.
The Iron are yet to score on their travels this season.
Head to head: Swansea wins – 23, Draws – 13, Scunthorpe wins – 20.
Swansea to win 2-0.
Scunthorpe have been struggling lately and they suffered a heavy defeat on the weekend, losing 4-0 against Sheffield Wednesday. The Iron will be looking to bounce back but with the home advantage and more quality we should come through quite comfortably, but it’s by no means an easy game.
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