Richmond Kickers vs Swansea City Preview: Swans keen to keep up winning feeling

Will the Welsh side make it two wins from two?

Richmond Kickers vs Swansea City Preview: Swans keen to keep up winning feeling
Image credit: Charlotte Independence

Swansea City take on Richmond Kickers in the next game of their pre-season tour of the USA, aiming to secure a second successive victory.

The Swans cantered to a routine 4-0 win over Charlotte Independence after a few early scares, but their Premier League quality eventually shone through.

Richmond were in action just two days prior to the friendly, as they made it back-to-back wins in the USL Eastern Conference.

A chance to maintain momentum

Despite playing against lower tier opposition, there were plenty of positives to take from the result and performance against Charlotte. Oliver McBurnie's goal was superb, with the youngster curling home a cracking effort from all of 25 yards out. There was also a second-half brace for Wayne Routledge, with Kenji Gorre rounding off the scoring.

Aside from the goalscorers, Swansea fans were also treated to Mike van der Hoorn's debut and the returning Leroy Fer - this time permanently - managed to set up Routledge's first goal. As previously mentioned, it was a tough start to the game and Kristoffer Nordfeldt showed good reflexes to ensure the Welsh outfit kept a clean sheet.

With no injury concerns coming from the last game and the same players still absent due to international commitments, Francesco Guidolin will more than likely be experimenting with combinations and formations rather than players.

McBurnie celebrates. | Image source: Swansea City
McBurnie celebrates. | Image source: Swansea City

Similar level of opposition

The two sides are at the same level in the US' football pyramid, with Richmond currently one point ahead of Charlotte. They have, however, struggled for goals this season and have just 20 in their 18 games this term. Only three teams have less - two of which are at propping up the table - and all have played less games.

Yudai Imura and Brian Ownby will carry their main threat coming into the game, with the pair of midfielders contributing a combined seven goals to the team's tally. In defence, Richmond do have an international in their ranks. Alexander Lee has played seven times for Guam in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

This game would have been a special occasion for Matthew Delicate, only for the striker to be sidelined after a serious operation.

Delicate had complained of pain in his lower back after a heavy knock in training, though scans revealed a tumour on his kidney. Thankfully, it was removed and proved to be beign and he is on his way to full fitness once more. The forward had previously trained with the Swans twice, but never made it onto their books.