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MATCH PREVIEW: SWANSEA CITY (A)

11 October 2017

For the first time since March 2008, when the sides fought in England’s third tier, Huddersfield Town travel to Swansea City in the eighth game of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

David Wagner’s side will travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 14 October, for the Club’s first match back following the international break.

THE OPPONENT

Swansea City go into this weekend’s match off the back of two Premier League defeats to Watford and West Ham United, much to the frustration of well renowned former Bayern Munich assistant, now Swans manager Paul Clement.

The Club was promoted to the top-flight of English football in 2011 under the guidance of now Celtic Manager Brendan Rogers. Up until last season the Swans hadn’t finished lower than 12th in the Premier League, despite going through eight managers during that period.

Current boss Paul Clement has been in charge since January, taking over from Bob Bradley, and did remarkably well to raise Swansea City from bottom of the league at Christmas to win 26 points from 18 games and clinch survival in May.

The Swans currently sit 18th in the Premier League table with five points from seven games but are only in the relegation zone on goal difference. The Club’s only win in the league so far this season came away at Crystal Palace.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony returned to South Wales this summer from Manchester City, two years after leaving the Club.

He is yet to score on his return for the Swans in four league appearances but will look return to the fine goal scoring form that saw him bag one goal every two games.

The loan signing of 20 year-old Portuguese wonder kid Renato Sanches was one of the main talking points on transfer deadline day.

The 2016 Golden Boy Award winner is an energetic centre midfielder and has appeared five times since joining the Club.

NEW SIGNINGS

As afore-mentioned, Renato Sanches’ on-loan and Wilfried Bony were the two marquee signings of the most recent transfer window, but they weren’t the only ones to make the move to South Wales this summer.

Following the departures of Sigurdsson, Llorente and Cork in the summer; the Swans rebuilt their squad starting with the £16.5 million purchase of Sam Clucas, who received many plaudits for his shining light performances in Hull’s relegation campaign last term.

As well as bringing in Roque Mesa for £11 million, Clement also signed Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea. The striker scored 23 goals in 41 appearances for Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season. So far this year he has two strikes to his name.


SWANSEA’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE XI (4-3-3):

GK: Lukasz Fabianski
LB: Martin Olsson
CB: Federico Fernandez
CB: Alfie Mawson
RB: Kyle Naughton


CM: Renato Sanches
CM: Leon Britton
CM: Tom Carroll

LW: Jordan Ayew
RW: Tammy Abraham
S: Wilfried Bony

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner will be without a number of his First Team squad this weekend due to injury.

Steve Mounié and Kasey Palmer are unavailable with their respective heel and hamstring issues, whilst Danny Williams is out with a foot injury.

Defenders Michael Hefele (Achilles) and Jon Gorenc Stanković (knee) are also ruled out, whilst Collin Quaner still has a calf problem.

TEAM NEWS – SWANSEA CITY

Nathan Dyer (below) is back in contention for Swansea City after returning from an Achilles injury as is Ki Sung-Yueng who played in a Development Squad win against Celtic during the international break.

Wilfried Bony has been deemed fit to play after he came off early against West Ham United in the Club’s last Premier League fixture, whilst Kyle Bartley remains on the side-lines.

KIT

The red and black 'flash' kit will make its (second) competitive debut at Swansea City this weekend!

TICKET INFORMATION

There are only 115 tickets available for Town’s away match against Swansea City.

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