|Swansea City 1 v 1 Huddersfield Town
Saturday, 2nd December 2023 Kick-off 15:00
Huddersfield Town - Going to be easy for the Swans ?
Friday, 1st Dec 2023 10:56 by Liam Walters & Keith Haynes
Huddersfield Town are tomorrows visitors to the Swansea.Com Stadium (3pm) with a number of fans over the first eighteen games of the season not attending home fixtures. Many are seeing this game as a watershed moment for Swans head coach Michael Duff, others are just resigned to the fact this is going to be the worst season the club has had since relegation from the Premier League.
So, what do we expect from the Terriers ?
For starters they have lost one game in the last four, against Hull City in a 1-0 defeat. Other than that they have earned credible draws against Southampton and Watford, and in midweek they beat Sunderland away from home 2-1. Anyone can see that the Terriers are in a good run of form. Overall they are most certainly not possession based with just twenty three percent possession against Sunderland. This side prefers to press high and frustrate the opposition, they have rarely get out of the twenties possession wise, and especially over the last six games.
That’s the first stat of note.
The other is their desire to close down their opposition, and they do so in carefully considered patterns. Michael Duff will have seen this, they did it to Ipswich Town (1-1) and bar a few lazy results the Terriers are a very effective and dangerous team.
Watch them defeat Sunderland away below.
The table tells a tale that many don’t want to see at this stage of the season. Only one point separates the two sides and with Huddersfield Town in decent form this could be a real whistle test.
Current form is equally as poor although Huddersfield are fallible. Their system seems to now be working over the past four games, but they can have bad days.
Michael Duff has to go for the win, he needs his players to understand that their performances affect the attendances at home, and whatever is rumbling away behind the scenes they cannot change. The meddling and changing has created a lot of disorientation within Swansea City’s staff, not least with people now trying to protect their jobs and look after themselves.
That’s the first area of note. The second is that Huddersfield concede goals and their against column isn’t clever either, Huddersfield are on -13 the Swans on -1, Duff has to seize upon this stat and press Huddersfield from the start. He has numerous goal scorers to impress this upon, and with Jamie Paterson in a better vein of form he could be pivotal to the Swans game plan. No team should be feared at the Swansea.Com, they should be made to feel so uncomfortable they fall in to disarray.
Well, that’s the words bit done on tomorrows opposition, more later on this game.
Photograph licensed from Reuters
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