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MATCH PREVIEW: SWANSEA CITY

18 February 2021

A look at Town’s next Sky Bet Championship opponents

- A look ahead at Town’s match against Swansea
- Who are Swansea’s key men?
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town host Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, hoping to complete a double over one of the division’s best sides.

The match will take place on Saturday 20 February 2021, kicking off at 3pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The last meeting between the two sides saw the Terriers come away with a brilliant 2-1 win in South Wales, giving the Swans their only home loss of the season so far.

THE OPPOSITION

Swansea are currently third in the Sky Bet Championship. They sit five points off the top spot, but with two games in hand to top-placed Norwich City.

The Swans have earned 56 points through their 28 games, conceding just 15 goals along the way.

Away from home Swansea have won four of their last five games in the Sky Bet Championship.

FORM GUIDE

Swansea City are unbeaten in their last nine league games – a run consisting of seven wins and two draws. They are yet to lose a league game in 2020, a run fuelled by their strong defence.

Town come off the narrow loss at Middlesbrough in midweek and aim to get their first win of 2021. With the ninth best home record in the league, the Terriers will hope to get that first win and do the double on Swansea.

ONES TO WATCH

Jake Bidwell

The left-wing-back offers incredible support going forwards. Accumulating six assists and a goal this campaign, he has become one of the sides key elements going forward.

He’s missed one league game this season and has cemented himself as one of the first names on the team sheet every week.

Connor Roberts

On the other side of the field, the right-wing-back helps Swansea attack from either side of the pitch.

With five assists and two goals in the Sky Bet championship, the wing-back makes sure André Ayew and Jamal Lowe are never short of service.

Conor Hourihane

In the midfield, Hourihane has established himself early into his Swansea career. Three goals in as many games has allowed the new signing to burst into the team.

He has an ability in and around the box to find the goal, or an open teammate – a creative outlet that can cause serious damage.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

There are ten other Sky Bet Championship games taking place Saturday:

Coventry City vs Brentford – 12.30pm
Norwich City vs Rotherham United – 3pm
Cardiff City vs Preston North End – 3pm
Stoke City vs Luton Town – 3pm
Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City – 3pm
Reading vs Middlesbrough – 3pm
QPR vs AFC Bournemouth – 3pm
Bristol City vs Barnsley – 3pm
Millwall vs Wycombe – 3pm
Nottingham Forest vs Blackburn Rovers – 3pm

TEAM NEWS

Town's Head Coach will give an update on his side's team news, including Isaac Mbenza who went off injured on Tuesday evening, in his press conference on Friday 19 February 2021.

KIT

The Terriers will wear the famous blue and white stripes on Saturday – click HERE to get yours online now!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday’s game against Swansea LIVE on iFollow HTAFC.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 4-1 SWANSEA

20 February 2021

Huddersfield Town earned their first win of the calendar year after a terrific 4-1 win over Swansea City at the John Smith's Stadium.

Fraizer Campbell gave the Terriers a first-half lead before Conor Hourihane levelled the score for the Swans just before the break.

After half-time, Town took control of the game with three goals in six minutes courtesy of a Lewis O’Brien strike and a Duane Holmes brace, as they wrapped up all three Sky Bet Championship points in HD1.

Carlos Corberán made two changes to the side that started the game at Middlesbrough in midweek.

Off the back of an impressive second-half cameo from the bench at the Riverside Stadium, Aaron Rowe came in for his seventh First Team start alongside fellow midweek substitute Álex Vallejo who was the second of the two alterations from Tuesday’s encounter in the north east.

Inside the opening 10 minutes, Town had the ball in the net at a blustery John Smith’s Stadium but the brief delight was met by the assistant referee’s raised flag.

Lewis O’Brien had stepped past the byline before re-entering play behind the defensive line and squaring for Fraizer Campbell who did the rest in finding the net, only for it to be ruled out.

It was part of a positive start from the Terriers who were rewarded with the lead on 22 minutes. Pipa collected Aaron’s Rowe’s cross that had missed everyone in the box, recycling it into the path of Campbell who found the net via the post to break the deadlock.

Town couldn’t have been much closer to doubling the lead just after. Juninho Bacuna worked some space on the defender before unleashing a strike that came back off the post.

The Terriers’ no.7 was denied again moments later, this time by Swans ‘keeper Freddie Woodman who moved to his left to stop the midfielder’s goal-bound free-kick.

At the other end, the visitors were pushing for an equaliser. After André Ayew and Matt Grimes had fired wide from range, Naby Sarr was in the right place at the right time to head clear Jake Bidwell’s header on the line.

As the game entered stoppage time at the end of the first half, Swansea did get the equaliser. Conor Hourihane’s free-kick from the edge of the box found the net to ensure the sides would go into the break level.

Town hit back straight after the break however and were back in front less than four minutes later.

Lewis O’Brien drilled home his first career goal at the John Smith’s Stadium to restore the lead for the Terriers on 49 minutes.

Retaking the lead gave Town real momentum and it was a boost that would produce a quickfire Duane Holmes double as the Terriers powered into a 4-1 lead.

Having scored his first Terriers goal since his January return after he was well found by Aaron Rowe, Holmes doubled his tally moments later picking out the top corner from range superbly, with Town’s third goal in a six-minute spell.

Bacuna went close to extending the lead late on, but the midfielder sliced wide with what turned out to be the Terriers’ final opportunity of the encounter as Town closed out a first win of the calendar year.

Next up for Town is a trip to Pride Park to face Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 23 February 2021; 7pm kick-off.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (3-5-2)

Ryan Schofield; Naby Sarr, Richard Keogh (Richard Stearman, 84’), Álex Vallejo; Aaron Rowe (Jaden Brown, 84’), Jonathan Hogg (c) (Alex Pritchard, 84’),  Lewis O'Brien, Juninho Bacuna (Scott High, 78’), Pipa; Duane Holmes, Fraizer Campbell (Kieran Phillips, 72’)

Unused subs

Joel Pereira; Demeaco Duhaney, Sorba Thomas, Romoney Crichlow

SWANSEA CITY (3-5-2)

Freddie Woodman; Marc Guéhi, Ryan Bennett (Ben Cabango, 46’), Kyle Naughton (Morgan Whittaker, 58’); Jake Bidwell (Ryan Manning, 58’), Matt Grimes (c), Conor Hourihane, Jay Fulton (Yan Dhanda, 58’), Connor Roberts; Jamal Lowe (Jordan Morris, 46’), André Ayew

Unused subs

Ben Hamer; Korey Smith, Paul Arriola, Joel Latibeaudiere

REFEREE

John Brooks

 

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