Tomorrow, Steve Cooper’s Swansea side travel to Sheffield Wednesday as the hosts look to move on up into the play-offs while Swansea are eyeing up the top two positions in the table.
The Swans have won their past two games in the Championship and currently sit fourth in the league table, level on points with Preston North End, who sit in 2nd, and 3rd placed Leeds United. Cooper’s men are also just two points behind league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Sheffield Wednesday have picked up 24 points from 15 games so far and sit in seventh, just outside the play-offs by one point after their recent loss to Blackburn Rovers.
Here, we give two ways that Swansea can hurt Sheffield Wednesday on their trip up north…
Use the wide areas to effect
Against Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday looked like they were vulnerable when the ball was put into wide areas and with the likes of Andre Ayew and Bersant Celina able to take a man on, they could give the home full-backs a tough evening.
The Wednesday full-backs preferred to stand off their man and let the wingers run at them, normally a move that can prove to be costly, and the centre-backs appeared to not be too comfortable when crosses were lofted into the box.
Blackburn’s first goal against Sheffield Wednesday was from a free-kick lofted high into the box, and Wednesday’s last opponents had a couple of chances earlier on in the game from crosses that weren’t dealt with effectively.
What will the outcome be between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea on Saturday?
Sheffield Wednesday win
Take the chances that they get
Kieran Westwood proved that he was one of the better keepers in the Championship against Blackburn, making three or four quality saves to keep his opponents out for as long as he could.
Swansea have players up front such as Andre Ayew, Borja Baston or Sam Surridge that can take their chances however the earlier that first goal comes, the more likely Cooper’s men are going to go on and get another one or two.
Sheffield Wednesday’s defence may be the second best in the Championship having conceded just the 12 goals however it is certainly vulnerable from certain scenarios as Blackburn proved and a team as good as Swansea can hurt them to full effect.
Cooper will know that it will be hard for his side to break Sheffield Wednesday down, however, he has the tools and the quality in his team to grind the hosts down over the 90 minutes.