Talking Tactics | Coventry City v Swansea City
Football stats experts WhoScored.com take a close look at the form of Connor Roberts and what it might mean for Swansea City’s Championship clash with Coventry tonight (7.45pm).
Swansea's unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end on Saturday as they fell to a 2-1 home loss to Huddersfield. However, with a midweek round of games looming, they have the opportunity to quickly right their wrongs and get back to winning ways.
The Swans make the trip to the Midlands as they face Coventry on Tuesday with the aim of getting back to winning ways and extending their superb away start to the campaign. Indeed, Steve Cooper has overseen two wins from two on their travels, securing all three points at Preston at Wycombe to kick off the campaign.
Tuesday's clash will mark the first meeting between the pair since 2011, but Swansea have the upper hand historically against the Sky Blues. Unbeaten in six, winning three, the Swans will travel with confidence as they look to get the better of a Coventry side that sits just two points above the relegation zone.
The WhoScored.com match forecast suggests that it is Very Likely that Swansea 'will score from a wingplay situation' and, with Cooper implementing a system with a three-man defence, the wing-backs will be key at St. Andrew's.
Jake Bidwell has impressed from the left and the midweek meeting presents Connor Roberts with the ideal opportunity to follow in his team-mate’s footsteps and add the headline stats to go with his own fine showings.
Roberts is yet to score or provide an assist for Swansea in the Championship this season, but the trip to Coventry provides the 25-year-old with the perfect opportunity to make an impact in the final third.
One of Coventry's four statistically calculated WhoScored.com weaknesses is 'defending against attacks down the wings' and, if Roberts is afforded the opportunity to break down the right, the Welshman has the quality to exploit this weakness to Coventry's game.
In addition, Roberts' ball retention ability will be crucial in Swansea's push for goal, and their quest to keep Coventry out.
Roberts boasts a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of 'passing' and, with the WhoScored.com match forecast suggesting it is Likely that Swansea 'will dominate possession', provided they can keep the ball from Coventry, then the Swans' chances of coming away from St. Andrew's with all three points and a clean sheet increases significantly.
Only Wycombe (12) have conceded more goals than Coventry (9) in the Championship this season and they'll need to limit the' influence of Swansea’s wing-backs to ensure that number doesn't grow in midweek. Coventry have also stuck with a three-man backline this term and it means youngster Ryan Giles will be the man tasked with keeping Roberts quiet.
The 20-year-old has garnered a WhoScored.com rating of 6.75 this season; that‘a the fourth best for Mark Robins' side.
However, Giles has developed statistically calculated WhoScored.com weaknesses of 'tackling' and 'defensive contribution', two areas Roberts could look to capitalise upon to find space between the left wing-back and the defence to provide goalscoring chances for attackers Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe.
Kept unchecked, Roberts has the quality to have a positive impact at St. Andrew's as the Swans look to get back to winning ways at Coventry's expense.