Preview - Huddersfield vs Swansea March 10 2018

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Match Day 30
Huddersfield Town vs. Swansea City
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Steve Mounie (6)

Swansea City:
Last five matches form: W D L W W
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (6)

Two resurgent relegation threatened rivals do battle in Saturday's big clash at the John Smith's Stadium as Swansea City travel to Huddersfield Town..

David Wagner's Huddersfield have gone some way towards rediscovering their early season form in recent weeks, with the only real blips coming in away outings at Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium.

Swansea meanwhile are a team transformed under Carlos Carvahal who has done a remarkable job since taking the helm. Having looked doomed at the time of Carvahal's appointment, they now have realistic hopes of beating the drop having won four of their last six in the league.

Just three points clear of the bottom three, neither side is completely out of trouble yet though, and both will be keen to keep the recent momentum going here.

Huddersfield look to be the worst hit by injuries heading into the game with recent signing Alex Pritchard and other key creative midfield influence Aaron Mooy struggling to regain fitness in time.

This looks an evenly poised matchup. Swansea have largely struggled away from home this season but have picked up of late barring a surprise thumping at Brighton. With Huddersfield looking like being shorn of their two most talented midfielders, we will take the Welsh side to come away with all three points and further boost their survival chances.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Swansea City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 30 - 0
Shots on target: 4 - 0
Corner Kicks: 12 - 0
Possession: 81% - 19%

Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson and Andrew Ayew all saw yellow for Swansea, with Jordan Ayew receiving a straight red. Florent Hadergjonaj and Colin Quaner were booked for Huddersfield.

For those readers having to take a second look at the stats above, that isn't a typing error, Huddersfield really did have 30 shots in this game and Swansea none. Even accounting for the event in the 11th minute which totally changed the complexion of this match, those are remarkable statistics.

Even the figures don't really do full justice to the pattern of this game though. Not only did Swansea fail to have a shot, it's difficult to remember a single time they even ventured within 20 yards of the Huddersfield goal. This was a bus parking performance in the extreme.

It was a moment of madness from Jordan Ayew in the 11th minute which put the Swans on the back foot. A terrible tackle, which Jonathan Hogg was lucky to escape unscathed, saw Andre's younger brother shown a straight red.

They may not have offered anything from an attacking standpoint, put what Swansea did do is defend for their lives. The number of blocked shots was staggering at times, whilst the fact that Huddersfield were only able to find the target with four of their 30 efforts is indicative of the fact that they were restricted to pot shots from range for large periods.

It did oh so nearly end in heartache for the visitors though, Tom Ince coming the closest of all to finding the net when seeing his 91st minute header crash against the post.

A point apiece at the Johns Smith's Stadium then, seeing the sides remain locked together in 14th and 15th. Both sitting three points clear of the drop zone, Swansea remain above todays hosts on goal difference.

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