Swansea vs Birmingham : Swansea face Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday. Coverage gets underway live on Sky Sports Football from 11.30am, while kick-off is at midday.
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer could miss his side’s Sky Bet Championship clash. Dyer picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s win over Preston on August 17 and missed the 3-1 victory at QPR on Wednesday.
Birmingham defender Maxime Colin is expected to return for the trip to Wales. Manager Pep Clotet said he expected Colin to return after he picked up a slight strain and missed his side’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Tuesday.
Jake Clarke-Salter, on-loan from Chelsea, is also expected to return after missing out midweek with a slight back problem. Clotet’s squad is set to return to full strength after playing on Tuesday without a defensive substitute.
Swansea secured a 3-1 success at QPR in midweek to climb to second in the Championship standings after four rounds of action. Bersant Celina gave the visitors the lead against the run of play, before Borja Baston put the Swans back ahead just three minutes after QPR had levelled. Substitute Sam Surridge then made the game safe as the Swans countered late on.
Andre Ayew replaced the injured Nathan Dyer, while George Byers started for Aldo Kalulu, but Steve Cooper’s side always appeared threatening in possession, even if the hosts controlled the contest for large swathes in West London. Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman pulled off a few fine saves, whilst the Swans defence held firm to help keep the hosts at bay.
Cooper piled on the praise post-match, saying “It’s a great result, no doubt about that. It was a really good game, two teams trying to play with the ball and I thought we played some super stuff. Tactically we had to be excellent second half and we were – particularly out of possession we defended the box really well.” Dyer remains a doubt for City here.
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Birmingham impress against Barnsley
Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Alvaro Gimenez gave Birmingham a comfortable victory over Barnsley in midweek, a result that moves the Blues into the top-half of the Championship table. After a tepid 70 minutes at St Andrew’s, Jutkiewicz scored his fourth consecutive home goal for City before Gimenez doubled the hosts’ advantage soon after.
Swansea and Birmingham have both enjoyed strong starts to the Championship season despite turbulent summer breaks for both clubs.
The Swans lost top scorer Oli McBurnie and manager Graham Potter to the allure of the Premier League but they are going well in the early stages of the campaign.
Borja Baston has made an unlikely comeback to the first-team squad following two consecutive loan spells away from the club.
The Spanish striker has rewarded boss Steve Cooper’s faith in him with several strikes to nudge Swansea up the table.