Talking Tactics | Huddersfield Town v Swansea City
After a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Millwall, Swansea City have the perfect opportunity to quickly get back to winning ways tonight when they take on Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
Given Swansea's impressive away form in the Championship this season, our statistics suggest they should fancy their chances of putting three more points on the board.
The Swans are the only side yet to lose an away game in England's second tier this term, while only West Brom (20) and Leeds (17) have earned more away points than Steve Cooper's side (16) in the Championship.
Only Middlesbrough (seven) and Wigan (eight) have scored fewer home league goals than Huddersfield (nine) this season, and while Danny Cowley has enjoyed a commendable start to life as Terriers boss - overseeing a current five-match unbeaten home run - they will be up against it against the Swans tonight.
Recent history is on Swansea's side going into this clash also. The South Wales side are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Huddersfield, winning two, and have kept a clean sheet in those three meetings, the most recent of which was a 0-0 draw back in March 2018.
Ben Wilmot is set to continue in the heart of defence at the expense of the injured Joe Rodon.
While the youngster spent the early months of the campaign watching from the sidelines, Rodon's injury means Wilmot has come into the starting XI and has impressed having earned a WhoScored.com rating of 6.81 this season.His stock among Swansea supporters quickly soared when he scored what proved to be the winning goal in the South Wales derby on his first league start and he notched his second league goal for Swansea in the 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.
All in all, Wilmot’s two goals have earned Swansea an additional three points and while a goal threat from set-piece situations, it'll be his defensive work that will help Swansea to a key three points in Yorkshire. The on-loan centre-back has developed a statistically-calculated WhoScored.com style of play of 'clears the ball out of defence often' and this no-nonsense approach to alleviating pressure on the Swansea goal that, while not pretty, is certainly effective.
Indeed, Wilmot is making more clearances per 90 (5.7) than any other Swansea player in the Championship this season to reinforce this style of play.
As the Swans look to maintain their excellent 10-match unbeaten away run in England's second tier, Wilmot has a crucial role to play at the heart of the defence and ensuring Fraizer Campbell is unable to maintain his good form is vital in the Swans' quest for three points.
The 32-year-old has had a direct hand in four league goals this season to help return a WhoScored.com rating of 6.52. Of those four, two have come in his last two league outings in positive results against Brentford and Birmingham. Campbell's two league goals have both been scored on home turf and if he is able to maximise a statistically-calculated WhoScored.com strength of 'finishing', then Swansea could pay the price.
However, Wilmot has come in and shone at the back for Cooper's team and while he was unable to help Swansea to a win over Millwall at the weekend, he and his team-mates can make amends tonight.