Swansea City welcome Hull City to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday for Matchday 6 of the 21-22 EFL Championship season. Both teams have not had great starts to the season as they sit 19th and 18th in the Championship table, and will look to gain momentum going forward into the season with a win this weekend.
Swansea City are yet to win at home in the Championship this season, having drawn one and lost one game. Russel Martin’s side have suffered three defeats so far, with their only victory coming away from home at Bristol City. The Welsh club will be aiming to get their first win at home this season against Hull City to rise up the table.
Meanwhile, Hull City started the new season on a high, winning 4-1 away from home at Preston. After the impressive start, The Tigers suddenly dropped form and lost their next three games, followed by a draw against Bournemouth before the international break. Grant McCann’s side will be hoping to get back in form this weekend and will try and go for the win at the Liberty Stadium against the Swans.
The Swans have had the second least touches in opponent penalty areas(54), with Hull having significantly more than them(69). Both Swansea and Hull City have just scored four goals in their first five games, and have accumulated just four points. With both teams right next to each other in the standings with very similar stats, this is going to be a very interesting game where anyone could come out victorious.
Martin has put out Swansea City as a team that loves to pass the ball around and keep possession, as they have so far accumulated the most passes in the entire Championship division. Hull City have also had a decent amount of passes, but this shows that it will be the Swans who will be dominating possession at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. The Welsh side have also made much more forward passes and have a much superior passing accuracy compared to the Tigers.
In terms of crosses, Hull City dominate the charts with more than double the number of crosses by the Swans. The passing and crossing statistics show that both teams have a very different and contrasting style of play, but are both equal in terms of form, making this one of the most interesting matches this weekend.
With Korey Smith and Liam Walsh the only two injured players Martin has to worry about, Swansea City have been safe and have not acquired any new injuries since the start of the season. With things not going so great, we can expect them to make a couple of changes here or there, in the hope to clinch victory against Hull City.
Swansea City’s Predicted Starting XI(3-4-2-1): GK – Benda, CBs – Manning, Bennett and Latibeaudiere, RWB – Bidwell, CDMs – Grimes and Fulton, LWB – Laird, CAMs – Cullen and Paterson, ST- Piroe.
Hull City also have two players who have been injured since the beginning of August who are not available, With all of the entire squad available, McCann may only make one or two changes that he sees necessary to shock the Swans and clinch an away victory.
Hull City’s Predicted Starting XI(4-2-3-1): GK – Ingram, LB – Elder, CBs – Greaves and Bernard, RB – Coyle, CDMs – Huddlestone and Smith, LW – Lewis-Potter, CAM – Docherty, RW -Longman, ST – Smith.
With both teams on similar points and records, the game could go either way. The Swans are expected to dominate possession, while Hull City will try and score by putting crosses into the box. The game could go anywhere, or it might just end up in a 1-1 or 2-2 draw.