Date: 8th August 2006 at 12:19pm
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After a terrible opening day to the season, Kenny Jackett will be looking for a huge improvement from his side tonight as the Swans travel to Glanford Park to face Scunthorpe United.

Both teams are looking for their first points of the season as The Iron lost against Bristol City 1-0 on Saturday.

Kick off is at 7:30pm tonight instead of the usual 7:45pm time.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett:

‘There weren’t many positives to take out of the Cheltenham game,”

‘But we’ve got to put that behind us now and bounce back.

‘Scunthorpe isn’t an easy place to go, but we proved last season that we can go away and beat any team in this division.

‘To do that, our passing and link play has got to be crisper. And, it goes without saying, we can’t afford to give sloppy goals away like we did on Saturday.

‘Make no mistake about it, we want that win.”


Andy Crosby, Scunthorpe skipper:

‘Swansea did well last season, they’re a big club at this level,’

‘I know that Swansea came up behind us a couple of years ago, but since then they’ve moved to a new ground, and financially they’re way ahead of us, they’ve got a big squad with a lot of good players.

‘I was rather surprised that they didn’t win the play-off final last season. They also got off to a disappointing start on Saturday and they’ll also be looking to get some points on the board today.’

Scunthorpe Team News:

Scunthorpe have completed the loan signing of Cardiff City’s Italian striker Andrea Ferretti ahead of tonight’s game. Brian Laws was looking to bring in another striker after Torpey’s sending off at Ashton Gate.

Manager Brian Laws is now hoping that he can get international clearance to enable him to play tonight. Although Keogh and Sharp are available who will provide a tough test for the Swans defence tonight.

Also out for the Iron will be Andy Butler, Ashley Allanson, Ramon Calliste and Jim Goodwin.

What do you think our starting line-up should be? Tell us in the forum here

Player to watch: Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp joined Scunthorpe from Sheffield United for £100,000 at the start of last season and made an instant impression after scoring 23 goals in 37 starts in League One last year.

The Swansea defence will have to show a huge improvement if they are to keep Sharp quiet.

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett will have Lee Trundle and Alan Tate available again after the duo missed the opening game because of their 1-match bans they picked up for the incidents after the Football League Trophy win in April.

Robinson, Williams and Iriekpen picked up knocks during Saturday’s game but they should be able to play.

Akinfenwa was impressive when he came on as a sub against Cheltenham so maybe Jackett will give a deserved starting place at Glanford Park.

Tom Williams had a mare but we don’t really have anyone else ni the squad who could replace him.

Player to watch: Akinfenwa

Deserves to start, changed the game Saturday and caused a lot of problems for the Robins defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Our last game at Glanford Park was in February this year and we drew 2-2 with Torpey equalising in the last few minutes.

We won the home game in December 2-0.

We haven’t won there in 7 years, the last was in March 1999, we won 2-1.

Match Prediction:

It’ll be a tough game against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park as they usually are but I think we’ll manage a 2-2 draw. We have the tendancy to concede goals every game and this one won’t be any different I don’t think. They have 2 good striker in Keogh and Sharp and they will cause us problems throughout the game.

Prediction League Stats:

Overall Predictions: 37
Home: 2 (5.41%)
Away: 21 (56.76%)
Draw: 14 (37.84%)

10 people are still yet to predict. Please predict tonight’s game at www.pleague.co.uk

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 12th August
vs Oldham (a)
3pm