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Huddersfield Town-Swansea City Preview
Swansea City once more look to break their duck at home Saturday when they host new boys Huddersfield Town at Liberty Stadium.
The Swans (1-2-4), who occupy the top spot in the relegation zone, have taken just one point from their last four league matches and been outscored 7-1 in defeats to Manchester United, Newcastle United and Watford at home. While Swansea City did play well in a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United before the international break, there is an urgency to produce a result to start clawing their way free from the bottom three.
"We haven't won at home yet this season, whereas last year our home form after the manager arrived in January was very good," midfielder Leon Britton told Swansea's official website. "We don't want the table looking bad so we need to make these home games count."
The primary reason for Swansea's struggles has been a lack of offence. Their three goals rank ahead only of goalless Crystal Palace, a figure somewhat puzzling considering the Swans have bagged six in their League Cup wins at MK Dons and at Reading.
Two players who could help the cause are South Korea international Ki Sung-Yeung and winger Nathan Dyer, who are both available for selection. Ki - one of eight players on international duty for Swansea City - played for Swans' development squad against Celtic last week and also saw time in South Korea's friendlies against Morocco and Russia during the international break. Dyer has missed the last eight months after suffering an Achilles injury against Leicester City last season.
Swans boss Paul Clement is also trying to figure out how to make forwards Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham link together up front. Bony should be good to go after playing for the Ivory Coast during the international break after being lifted at halftime against West Ham due to a tight hamstring.
Abraham, who just turned 20 on Oct. 2, has two of Swansea's three league goals but his international future has been rife with speculation as Nigeria is reportedly interested in poaching the England starlet for their senior international team after qualifying for the World Cup this week.
After a dream start in their first season in the top flight since 1972 with two wins in two matches, Huddersfield Town (2-3-2) have plummeted back to earth - and mid-table - during a five-match winless streak in which they've scored just one goal.
The gulf in class between being a promoted side and one expected to contend for the Premier League title was on full display before the break as Tottenham Hotspur overran the Terriers 4-0 at John Smith's Stadium. The road won't get any easier as manager David Wagner is still without a raft of first-team regulars, including Steve Mounie, Kasey Palmer, Colin Quaner and Danny Williams, through injuries.
While not injured, first-choice midfielder Aaron Mooy will be closely followed in practice leading up to the match since the Australia international will have logged more than 20,000 miles between his travels to and from England sandwiched around a trip to Malaysia as the Socceroos advanced to a two-legged playoff against Honduras for a World Cup spot.
Huddersfield have not scored in 224 minutes since Laurent Depoitre's goal early in the second half of their 1-1 draw versus Leicester City on Sept. 16, and gone 192 minutes without a goal on the road since Mounie capped his brace in the 78th minute of their 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Aug. 12.
Swansea snapped a six-match winless streak (0-1-5) between the teams in the most recent outing, a 1-0 victory in 2008 when the sides were playing in League One. This will mark the first top-flight meeting between the clubs since they began playing each other in 1952.
Huddersfield Town have a 24-14-14 lead in the all-time series.
Updated October 12, 2017