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After what has been a scintillating start to the season for Swansea City, Steve Cooper’s side have a tough September where supporters will learn if they’re up for the promotion challenge.
The Swans have been excellent so far this season and deservedly remain unbeaten in the division and sit top of the league.
Some of the victories that they’ve had in the new campaign have been sensational, which includes a late winner at Elland Road two weeks ago.
This month, Cooper and his Swansea side will come up against three tough opponents who all have ambitions to be near the top end of the Championship. Nottingham Forest and Reading both travel to the Liberty Stadium, whilst a trip to Bristol City is sandwiched in-between that.
Fans will gather a more serious picture as to what Swansea’s aim is for the season after these three fixtures.
By the time they’ve played the games, there would have already been nine fixtures of the league season completed, and in the big scale of things, positioning starts to be shown in the Championship table.
The two home games are huge for Swansea. Forest have found themselves difficult to beat this season after the appointment of Sabri Lamouchi, having lost just once against an unbeaten West Brom side. They’ve also drawn at Leeds and been the only team to claim victory at Craven Cottage.
Reading, on the other hand, are still an unknown quantity. The Royals picked up a great win against Cardiff but were defeated by high-flying Charlton before the international break. José Gomes’ side have spent some money over the summer, and will be looking to surprise a few with their new signings.
These two games are winnable games for Cooper and his team, if they are to compete at the top end of the table then this will give us an idea as to whether it’s more than just a bit of early season form.
The Bristol City away game, much like the Leeds fixture before the international break, is an opportunity to showcase another massive statement of intent by beating what many tip to be a promotion rival.
Ashton Gate is always a tough place to go, but they seem to be stuttering at home so far this season, with Jonathan Woodgate’s out of form Middlesbrough side picking up a point there recently.
If Swansea want to be up there, they have to show that they are more than just the form team in the division and that they can continue to perform at the levels they have been.