Peterborough vs Swansea by Luke
Peterborough did well in the first round of EFL Cup to get a victory over AFC Wimbledon two weeks ago at home with a 3:2 result. With a bit rotated squad, the visiting side took the lead in the first halftime, but the repetition completely belonged to much better hosts who gained the victory thanks to two goals from Nichols and one from Taylor. Both teams approached the game with a bit more offensive tactics than usually and we've seen one of better first round's matches.
As for the League One competition, Peterborough has started with two victories and two defeats, as they come from a 2:1 defeat away to Oxford United last weekend, in a game where they could have earned more, but conceded the second goal in the third minute of additional time from a penalty spot. Prior to that, they won in an impressive way at home against Millwall and once again showing that they are way more effective and attacking side in front of own fans.
Defender Ryan Tafazolli (1/0) is doubtful for this game, while other defender, Jack Baldwin (4/0) can't play here due suspension. Midfielders Bradd Inman and Lee Angol are both sidelined with injuries but also didn't play so far in the season. Further rotation is also possible.
Swansea, on the other side, have started the season in a good way, with a 1:0 narrow victory away from home against Burnley, but failed to build up on that performance in the second round, when the team suffered 2:0 defeat at home against Hull City last weekend. However, it needs to be said that the final result isn't reflecting true behavior on the field, since there's no doubt that the players of Swansea were superior to their opponent.
Hosts tried with some ball possession and with many passes, but lacked finishing touch, while the visitors stood mostly behind the ball and waited for their chances via counter-attack. This time the tactics paid off to Hull, who managed to take the lead in 79th minute with a goal from Maloney. When the hosts tried to react, visiting side struck them once again, in second minute of additional tiem via Hernandez for the final 2:0 defeat. Swansea looked well during the pre-season matches and everyone expect good football from them this season, so there's no doubt that the team will give their everything to get back on a winning track here.
Swansea's coach Francesco Guidolin announced he will make some changes in the squad. Defender Neil Taylor could be playing here, while midfielder and team captain Leon Britton (1/0) remains doubtful. Surely out is forward Boja Baston who anyway didn't play so far in the season.
As I said in my previous preview against Wimbledon, players of Peterborough are playing in a way more offensive way in front of home crowd and will surely want to get a positive outcome here and surely score a goal at least in the progress. Swansea needs to bounce back on a positive path and is alone able to score more than couple of goals. Three goals should be scored even easier than what the bookies currently represent.