Cooper axes Lowe, 20 y/o gem starts in 3 changes: Predicted Swansea City XI vs Preston – opinion

Cooper axes Lowe, 20 y/o gem starts in 3 changes: Predicted Swansea City XI vs Preston – opinion

Swansea City cannot allow their recent disappointment against Birmingham City play on their minds for too long, as they are back in action again on Easter Monday, as they take on Preston North End at the Liberty Stadium.

Steve Cooper’s side have seen their automatic promotion hopes take a huge blow in recent weeks, as they have fallen to three consecutive defeats against Bournemouth, Cardiff City and Birmingham, with Scott Hogan’s injury-time penalty on Friday sealing the three points for Lee Bowyer’s side last time out.

With plenty of Swansea’s players having only just returned from the international break before the trip to St Andrew’s, Cooper may well be forced into changes against the managerless visitors.

Here’s how we think Cooper will set his side up against Preston on Monday, with three changes from the side that started against Birmingham…

Predicted-Swansea-City-XI-vs-Preston-North-End-Steve-Cooper-SwansFreddie Woodman keeps his place in goal after saving one of the two penalties Swansea conceded in the defeat on Friday.

However, there are two changes in the defence, as Ben Cabango comes back in at centre-back in place of Connor Roberts, with Kyle Naughton pushing on from his usual centre-back position to play as a right wing-back. His Welsh teammate having been poor in recent fixtures.

Ryan Manning also comes in at left wing-back in place of Jake Bidwell to give Cooper’s side some more energy down the left.

In the likely absence of Conor Hourihane, who missed the Good Friday encounter, the midfield trio of Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes and Korey Smith stays the same.

It means Yan Dhanda remains on the bench after enduring a pretty horrific few minutes on the pitch at St Andrew’s, as he clumsily gave away the late penalty.

Finally, there’s one change upfront, as 20-year-old gem Morgan Whittaker deserves a chance to start especially after an impressive performance against Bournemouth recently, with Jamal Lowe dropped as his goal drought continues.

He’ll join Andre Ayew in a two-pronged attack.

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