Talking Tactics: Tammy Abraham
Ahead of the Premier League visit of Leicester City, football stats experts WhoScored.com preview today’s encounter.
Swansea put three vital points on the board with a solid 2-0 win over Huddersfield last weekend and will look to make it back-to-back league victories at the Foxes' expense this afternoon.
A 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday means Leicester are on the joint-longest current winless run (six games) in the Premier League.
That negative run of results saw Craig Shakespeare relieved of his duties at the King Power Stadium earlier this week, with Michael Appleton taking caretaker charge for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.
The 41-year-old has overseen 205 Championship, League One and League Two games as a manager in his short career, winning 76 to yield a 37.1 per cent win success rate. Swansea will now hope to give Appleton an unwelcome start to life as a Premier League boss.
Paul Clement’s side is backed to do just that, with history in Swansea’s favour. The Swans have won four of the last five home meetings with Leicester to reinforce their credentials ahead of the welcome of the Foxes.
With Tammy Abraham in such good form, he’ll be the danger man for the south Wales side today as he looks to add to his brace against Huddersfield.
The 20-year-old forward earned the WhoScored.com man-of-the-match award in the win with a rating of 8.34, that in turn gaining Abraham a spot in WhoScored.com’s Premier League team of the week.
Against a Leicester side that has kept just two clean sheets in England’s top tier this term, you’d back the youngster to add to his return of four league goals this afternoon, with three of those four strikes coming in his last two home appearances.
Indeed, a statistically-calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’, that deemed to be very strong, suggests he’ll extend that good home run with consummate ease given Leicester have already shipped 13 top-flight goals this term - one of the worst returns in the Premier League this season.
Provided the chances are created for him today, Abraham should maintain his good goalscoring form.
One of the men tasked with denying the on-loan striker from hitting the back of the net today will be big money summer signing Harry Maguire, who has impressed on the back of his arrival from Hull, despite Leicester’s disappointing position in the table.
The England international has a better WhoScored.com rating (7.28) than any other Leicester player and has been directly involved in three of the 10 league goals the Foxes have netted this term, which is a solid return for the centre-back.
He also won possession in the defensive third 10 times against West Brom on Monday night - the most in a Premier League match this season - with Maguire a tough centre-back to face on his day.
However, Abraham has the striking nous to get the better of the 24-year-old defender this afternoon and fire Swansea to another three points.