The bottom two clubs face each other on Tuesday night as both Swansea City and Reading look to improve on their opening results in the Championship.
Both sides are in similar circumstances really. Both have lost a manager and some of their star players. The Swans are without Jordi Gomez and Jason Scotland following their moves to Wigan Athletic while Reading are missing Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt who have also moved up to the Premiership.
Both sides lost 3-0 on Saturday to teams relegation from the Premiership last season. The Swans suffered a loss at home to Middlesbrough while Newcastle swepped the Royals aside at St James Park.
After the defeat to Gareth Southgate’s side, Paulo Sousa said it simply ‘wasn’t our day’ but it’ll need to be on Tuesday as it’s vital that we get our first points on the board with a tricy away game at Coventry before ending the month at home to Watford.
Swansea Goalkeeper, Dorus De Vries:
‘We want a repeat of our performance against Reading last year,’
‘And after our opening two results, we’re even more hungry to prove everybody wrong and get a positive result.
‘Now is not the time to panic as we started slowly in our last two seasons and ended up doing well.’
Swansea City Team News:
Paulo Sousa has no fresh injury concerns from Saturday’s match and he could name an unchanged side if he wanted to, but I feel a few changes need to be made to improve our performance in midfield.
Shaun MacDonald offered little again in the attacking midfield role while Andrea Orlandi doesn’t offer us enough defensively. Jordi Lopez is likely to sit out again with a dead leg but Sousa is hopeful he’ll be available again for our trip to Coventry on Saturday.
Guillem Bauza won’t feature in the 18-man squad again as he looks set to have an operation on his knee which could rule him out of action for up to 2 months.
I feel Gorka Pintado and Stephen Dobbie should both start. Dobbie up front with Pintado just behind. He has a lot more strength to give us more muscle in the centre as we struggled with the physicality of the Middlesbrough side on the weekend.
The Swans have a serious lack of strength in depth with the likes of Pratley, Allen and Bodde all still unavailable through injury.
Player to watch: Nathan Dyer
Our most consistent player so far this season. The only one so far who’s causing the opposition a serious threat going forward.
Reading Team News:
Striker Noel Hunt might get recalled back into the team after recently returning from a foot injury.
Cameroon defender Andre Bikey is unavailable for selection as he’s suspended. Ivar Ingimarsson and Julian Kelly are also unavailable due to injury.
Player to watch: Noel Hunt
From Vital Reading: Striker Hunt is fit again following his foot injury and is desperate for a start, following a couple of lively sub appearances in the last two games. With the Royals struggling for goals in the previous couple of games, he is likely to start in this one and will be keen to improve that we have held onto the better Hunt brother.
Match Facts & Stats
After a 4-0 loss to Reading in September, the Swans responded at home with a 2-0 win against the Royals in January with an impressive performance.
Reading’s last League away win against us was February 2001, they beat us 1-0 in League One.
Reading opened this year’s campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Forest, before losing 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday, so they’re yet to score in the League so far.
The Swans haven’t started a season this badly since 1954.
S A Hooper
2008/09 Stats: 25 Games, 59 Yellows, 8 Reds.
S Hooper has refereed two League Two games and one League Cup so far this season. He has handed out 6 yellow cards in those 3 matches and 0 reds. He’s yet to referee a Swansea City match, and has spent in his opening few seasons in the lower Leagues.
Assistant Referees: I J Crouch and S C Knapp
Fourth Official: A P Bennett
Both sides have started the season poorly and they’ll be looking to bounce back this evening. The Swans need to perform a lot of better than on Saturday if they are to avoid a third consecutive defeat. We should get at least a point. Both teams are also struggling to score goals, Reading are still waiting to net their first League goal and Williams scored our only League goal last week at Leicester.
Swansea to draw 1-1
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