In the midst of rebuilding the team, Paul Clement has improved Swansea slowly but surely in recent weeks. A run of poor results has seen them sink to 18th position and, while it’s still far too early to be thinking about the relegation spots, it’s definitely a position which requires results as well as improvements. With the fewest number of shots on target (11) in the Premiership, their biggest problem seems glaringly obvious. Although the good start from Huddersfield was always unlikely to continue too far into the season, their slide in form is still a cause for concern. With the loss of Steve Mounie to injury, Huddersfield lack a cutting edge Click here’
which has led them to a run of three consecutive games without a goal. This is a run that extends to nine from the last fourteen games in all competitions which suggests it’s a deeper problem facing David Wagner’s side. With success in football largely being built on confidence, a win for either team could provide something far more important than the three points at stake. Once again, Paul Clement set Swansea up with a solid base to the team and it was a tactic which almost gained them a point in London. The Swans ably weathered an early storm from the Hammers and grew into the game until a late substitution by Slaven Bilic produced an even later goal that snatched all three points for the home team. While there were plenty of positives for Clement to take out of the game, a lack of points and a lack of goals underlines another disappointing result.
Having controlled much of the game, Swansea failed to find a spark of creativity to open up the Hammers defence. This wasn’t helped by Wilfried Bony needing to leave the field at half-time, his long-range shot being the closest the Swans came to opening the scoring in the first 45 minutes. With Renato Sanches having his best game in a Swansea shirt yet, the three-pronged attack in front of him now needs to find a way to improve or it will be a long season for the club’s fans.
Terriers have been very challenging early in the campaign and although they’ve now seen a five-match winless streak across competitions, we do feel they can build on it. They’ve held Leicester City to a 1-1 draw in front of the home fans and managed a point in Burnley (0-0) ahead of their loss to the Spurs, and shutting them down will be a tough task. Swansea have been in a similarly troubled spell of form and come into the fixture after suffering two consecutive losses in their last two outings, beaten by Watford (1-2) and West Ham United (1-0). Even more worrying than that is the fact their only league win came against struggling Crystal Palace (0-2) back in August, those being two of only three goals scored overall.