Capital One Cup (League Cup) Round 2 – Swans v York City at 19:45 on Tuesday, 25th August 2015
Referee: James Adcock
Assistants: Timothy Wood, Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson
With the Swans having lifted the trophy two years ago, the League Cup provides the club with a realistic chance of honours, as well as a welcome opportunity to give fringe players a run out.
As is the norm these days for Premier League teams to shuffle their starting line-up in the early rounds of the League Cup, I fully expect Garry Monk to ring the changes and give Ki Sung-Yueng a run out after is recent hamstring injury. Other likely changes are a completely new back five, in the shape of Nordfeldt in goal and Rangel, Bartley, Amat and Tabanou.
If Leon Britton plays, he will be the only Swans player to have played when the teams last met in 2004 and how things have changed in the 11 years since then!
Despite press reports over the weekend to the contrary, I’d expect York manager Russ Wilcox to pick his strongest available side for what is no doubt a big game for his team.
The Ministermen will also see the game as a great opporuntity to put their poor start to the season behind them and will relish the chance to play with no pressure on them as the underdogs.
It will be interesting to see how referee Adcock handles the game, having never been in charge of a Swans fixture before (or in the Premier League for that matter). His past record suggests that he is card happy!
All in all, anything but a Swans win seems unlikely, but given an unfamiliar starting XI, an ‘up for it’ League Two side and a card happy referree, it could be quite a frustrating evening at the Liberty Stadium.
Last result at the Vetch Field
8th May 2004 – League Division 3 – Swans 0 York City 0
Current League Form
York City: LLWD
Predicted Swans Starting XI:
Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Amat, Tabanou, Britton (capt), Grimes, Ki, Dyer, Eder, Routledge
Swans 2 York City 0
At the Bookies
Those of you who fancy a flutter might want to check out the odds being offered on the game at the moment.
It’s hardly surprising that the bookies are backing the Swans to easily beat their League Two opponents, so a more rewarding bet my be on the final score. Paddy Power are giving odds of 6/1 on the Swans to win 1-0 or 5/1 for 2-0, with Eder to score first at 7/2 and Nathan Dyer at 7/1.