On Saturday in the Championship, Huddersfield Town plays host to Swansea City at the John Smith’s Stadium. The home team is hoping for a victory to lift them off the bottom of the league standings.
The visitors will be aware that a victory might be sufficient to advance them into the playoff positions because they have ambitions at the other end of the table.
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Huddersfield has had a hard time getting going again since losing the Championship playoff final the previous season, especially since former manager Carlos Corberan decided to leave the team.
The Terriers are presently four points below Blackpool in 21st place and have had a very bad start to the season, averaging less than a point per game.
However, since taking over the club at the end of September, manager Mark Rotheringham has presided over somewhat of a turnaround, recording two victories in his last four league games.
The difficulties that Huddersfield can provide opponents at the opposite end of the league table were emphasized for Swansea by a 1-0 success over playoff-contending Millwall, and this was further underscored by a 2-1 away triumph against sixth-placed Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.
Lyndon Dykes scored the first goal for their opponents after only two minutes, but Josh Ruffels’ first two goals of the season in the first half were enough for the Terriers to earn all three points, a victory that should boost their confidence moving into their match on Saturday.
Swansea is now in eighth place in the league after losing only two of their past 11 games. From the beginning of September to the end of October, they were on an incredible run of seven wins in nine games.
Swansea City’s recent success has been halted, as they have gone four games without a victory. Their most recent match was a 1-1 draw away against Bristol City, despite having the majority of the possession.
Russell Martin’s team recently encountered this all too frequently, drew 2-2 with Wigan Athletic at home despite holding huge possession of the ball and having eight more shots on goal than their opponents.
The Welsh team’s most recent result, a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City, will be harder to accept, as a win would have guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Troy Deeney’s equalizer in the 89th minute made it a draw instead.
Despite Swansea being capable of earning a point on the road, especially given that they have a recent history of drawing games, Huddersfield will be encouraged by their victory over QPR in their most recent game.