Official Match thread: Preston North End vs Swansea City Sept 9, 2020 10:55:39 GMT PNE From Afar, Mooney, and 6 more like this
Post by walburghian on Sept 9, 2020 10:55:39 GMT
Preston North End vs Swansea City
The new Season starts this Saturday, when PNE welcome Swansea City to Deepdale. Whilst Deepdale is arguably one of the oldest grounds still hosting Professional Football, Swansea City (who became a City in 1969) left Vetch Field for the Liberty Stadium in 2005. Since then their fortunes have risen and they had a spell in the Premier League before being relegated 2 Seasons ago. They appear to be well run and have an excellent young Manager in Steve Cooper.
Steve Cooper began his coaching career at Wrexham's academy while playing as a defender in the Welsh football leagues. He moved to Liverpool in 2008, and was appointed manager of their academy in 2011. Cooper joined the England youth set-up in 2014, initially coaching the U16s, before winning the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with the U17s. He became head coach of Swansea City in 2019. He will set the Team up well and provide a stern opening game for us. Last Season he got Brewster from Liverpool on Loan – now I know why they got him not us – and there are rumours that they may well buy him from Liverpool, albeit with a Buyback Clause. He scored the equaliser at Deepdale earlier this year but cannot see him being available to play against us on Saturday. They still have Ayew, who I rate highly, and we need to give him no room . Let's hope Sinclair, an ex-Swansea man can conjure up another Goal like he did that day.
With Derby, Norwich, Stoke, Brentford and Cardiff coming up the first 6 games are going to provide a real challenge. A poor start and we could be in the Relegation zone, on the optimistic side (as I always am) 6 good results will send a message to the Championship teams that we will be in the hunt againg this Season. I recognise that Friendlies are no real indicator of how things will pan out but the results against Burnley and Sheff Utd were good. More of the same, especially finishing. Sinclair as Striker please and it will be interesting to see what Team AN puts out. If it were me then I would field this Team:-
Ripley(unless Rudd is fit)
Probably on my own with that Team but, I've got my TV Pass, some Ammo and looking forward to a nice afternoon with a good result for the North End. Have a great Season to all despite the Corona virus. One word of advice to the younger players, “Try not to slip any young girls into the Stadium before the game!”