Swansea City to face Aston Villa in youth play-off tie

Today confirmed the play-off fixtures for the Barclays Premier League Division Two, as Swansea host Aston Villa.

Swansea City to face Aston Villa in youth play-off tie
Swansea and Aston Villa clashing back in October. (Photo: Aston Villa F.C.)

As the youth development season draws to a close, Swansea’s opponents have been confirmed as Aston Villa on April 25th.

In the Welsh side’s first season in the division, they have reached the play-offs which should be regarded as a great achievement, seeing as the club only reached Category One youth facilities last year.

Where is the game?

The game will be held at the Liberty Stadium at 7pm, where tickets are available for £3 for Adults, £1 for Swansea season ticket holders and children.

Swansea confirmed their play-off status in their comfortable 3-0 win against Fulham, as Adnan Maric strike and a Kenji Gorre brace sealed the win to ensure the side finished 3rd in the league.

Aston Villa finished 4th in seeding, and the winner will face either Arsenal or Blackburn Rovers in the play-off final.

Some familiar faces

Swansea fans might remember some names in the squad as they have previously seen stints in the first team squad.

Stephen Kingsley started in wins over Arsenal and Villa this season, impressing in both with many fans claiming he should start more games ahead of Welshman Neil Taylor.

Jay Fulton has captained the side that has gone undefeated in seven games, and also got game time with the senior squad in the win at the Emirates Stadium.

Other youngsters such as Adam King, Josh Vickers, Kenji Gorre and Alex Bray might be remembered from previous Capital One Cup games or pre-season campaigns in the past.

Jay Fulton will be key to any Swansea success. | Image: Getty Images
Jay Fulton will be key to any Swansea success. | Image: ESPN FC

Previous meetings

In the first meeting of the season between these sides, Swansea trounced Aston Villa 5-0, with Oliver McBurnie, Keston Davies, Henry Jones, Daniel James and Kyle Copp all scoring at Landore.

Come February, the Midlands side got their revenge beating the Welsh youngsters 2-1 at Banks’ Stadium. Keinan Davies and Riccardo Calder scored for the hosts while a McBurnie penalty gave Swansea a consolation goal.

Swansea's potential opponents in the play-off final have both been comfortably put aside during this current unbeaten run, as Blackburn were swept 5-0 in March, while an Arsenal side including Jack Wilshere were seen off as Swansea were 3-1 winners a week ago.