Swansea City Preview vs Sheffield Wednesday (H)

After a five goal thriller against Brentford at Griffin Park last Saturday, Graham Potter’s side ended a three game winless run.

The Swans were in much need of this win as their fight for a play-off position will continue this Saturday as they entertain Sheffield Wednesday. During the 3-2 win over Thomas Frank’s side, the returning Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer proved to be difference as the two wingers were in sparkling form and stamped their mark down on why they should be in the team every week.

Graham Potter will be joyed to have these options going forward because at times this season, scoring goals has been a problem for the Swans and many feel if this dilemma can be rectified, Swansea will push hard for the remainder of the season to finish in the all-important top six.

Swans fans will be encouraged come Saturday afternoon, as fan-favourite Wilfried Bony is nearing to full fitness and will be in contention for the game.

Even though goals can win games, so do solid defences and conceding two goals at Griffin Park meant that Graham Potter’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four attempts. With Alfie Mawson still yet to be replaced as the commanding centre half for the Swans, the likes of Van der Hoorn will be required to step up if his side are going to keep a clean sheet this weekend. With Swansea being back in south Wales this Saturday, the confidence will be increased as the Liberty faithful will believe their side can make it two wins on the bounce after the impressive win last time out, the attacking threat on the wings for the Swans is certainly something to keep a look out for.

The visitors will travel to South Wales this Saturday afternoon with no away win since the 7th October, seeing off Bristol City in a 1-2 win at Ashton Gate.

With this in mind, manager Jos Luhkay will be hoping their fortunes can change as they look to stay clear of the relegation zone. Conceding six goals in their last two games shows that there are defensive issues for the Owls and critics say the Sheffield club are highly doubtful of keeping the ball out the back of their net this weekend, as Graham Potter’s side are in good goal scoring form.

The Owls currently sit in 17th positon and are six points away from the dreaded drop zone. The hopes of leaping up the table and being nine points from the safe side, could rely on top goal scorer Lucas Joao. The Portuguese forward has netted eight times this season as he will look to increase his tally against the Swans.

With the ever growing financial problems at Wednesday, many feel this will continue to damper their league form and see them drop more points come Saturday evening. Last time out, a 2-2 draw at Hillsborough against Rotherham gave fans disarray and worry as the Hillsborough faithful seen this as a great opportunity for three points and relieve pressure off of Luhkay’s back.

Team news:

Graham Potter will still be without the injured Daniel James, after suffering a hamstring injury against Derby County. The big team news coming from the Liberty Stadium this week is the injury to Martin Olsson. A ruptured Achilles will keep the full back out of action for the remainder of the season.

As for Sheffield Wednesday, star player Barry Bannan is one booking away from a two match suspension, as the Scottish midfielder has racked up nine yellow cards this season.

Predicted line-ups:

Swansea: GK- Mudler RB- Naughton CB- Van der Hoorn CB- Joe Rodon LB- Roberts CM- Fer CM- Grimes RW- Routledge CAM- Mckay LW- Dyer ST- Mcburnie

Sheffield Wednesday: GK- Dawson RWB- Baker CB- Lees CB- Hector CB- Pudil LWB- Fox CM- Bannan CM- Matias RW- Reach ST- Nuhiu LW- Joao

Prediction:

Swansea City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Picture Credit: Swansea City

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