Preview: Swansea City v Brentford

Steve Cooper. Image courtesy of Swansea City

By Callum Ellis

SWANSEA City will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Brentford on Tuesday evening. 

After their flying start to their Championship campaign, Steve Cooper’s side have managed just one win in their last six league games.

But the Swans – who sit third in the table after the 1-1 draw with Barnsley on Saturday – will look to bounce back from their recent troubles on home soil.

Cooper could be without key defender Joe Rodon after the Wales international – who was replaced by Ben Wilmot in the 69th minute at Oakwell – aggravated an ankle injury that he suffered in training.

Wilmot or Wales Under-21 international Ben Cabango could occupy a centre-half berth if Rodon does not recover in time.

Brentford have endured a mixed start to the season and travel to the Liberty Stadium occupying 13th in the table.

They will, however, be boosted by Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Millwall, having come from two goals down at Griffin Park.

Striker Nikos Karelis made his full debut against the Lions but will miss the trip to South Wales after he was stretchered off in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Pre-match thoughts

Swans boss Cooper said: “We definitely want to get back to firing at the Liberty.

“Home is where you want to play first and foremost. The last few results have not gone as we would have liked, and it’s disappointing, but it’s not something we can dwell on too much.

“We are facing a good team who had a good comeback on the weekend, so it promises to be a good game.”

Brentford defender Pontus Jansson said: “I’m just doing everything I can to be ready for the Swansea game.

“This win [against Millwall] changed a lot. You want to go there on Tuesday and win, but we know it’s a tough game.

“We have to respect our opponents and I have no doubt it will be a good game.”

Man in the middle

Gavin Ward will take care of proceedings at the Liberty Stadium.