Preview | Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
Swansea City round off a busy week of Championship action when they host Huddersfield Town at the Swansea.com Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
The Swans will be looking to build on the positives of first-half displays against Hull and Leeds, as they face a Terriers side sitting three places and a point below them in the table.
The visitors head to SA1 on the back of a midweek win at Sunderland
Michael Duff expects to have the same group to choose from against the Terriers after reporting no new injury concerns in the wake of the midweek game at Leeds.
Harrison Ashby has returned to Newcastle after having to come off in the draw against Hull.
Kristian Pedersen, Mykola Kuharevich, Joe Allen, Azeem Abdulai, Nathan Wood and Josh Ginnelly are all injury absentees.
Michael Duff: “They will look to frustrate us, so we have to play with a good tempo and make sure they cannot kill the game and hurt us in transition.
“It’s a different challenge for us, it’s about us having the balance of getting the ball but having that penetration with it.
“We can’t play slowly, we will need to move the ball quickly, find space early and that’s the beauty of the Championship because you always face new challenges.”
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Swansea City stretched their unbeaten run to five games as Ryan Manning’s deflected volley sealed victory following a dominant performance when Huddersfield Town last visited the Swansea.com Stadium in April.
The relegation-threatened visitors came with the intention of sitting deep and soaking up pressure and, as a result, the hosts enjoyed over 80 per cent of possession.
Ben Cabango struck the post, while Morgan Whittaker fired narrowly wide before Manning got the crucial breakthrough as his strike from Luke Cundle’s lay-off took a deflection to find the top corner.
It was no less than the Swans deserved, with Andy Fisher not having a save of note to make as the hosts made it four wins and four clean sheets in their five-match sequence.
2 - Jamie Paterson's goal against Leeds saw him score in consecutive Championship games for the first time in almost exactly two years, last doing so against Barnsley and Reading in the final days of November 2021.
4 - The Swans have won four of their last five meetings with the Terriers in SA1.