Swansea City and Cardiff City play out the first Welsh derby of the season at Liberty Stadium in the EFL Championship. Both teams have struggled to find a form and are just above the relegation zone with 11 points each.
Swansea City played out a goalless draw against Derby County in their last match. The Swans dominated the match but were unable to beat their opponents. They have scored nine goals so far and conceded 14 in return.
The Swans have been the highest passers of the ball in the EFL Championship. The team averages more than 500 passes per 90 and their average is 40 passes more than the second-ranked team. This is followed by the highest number of passes into the opposition final third. The team averages more than 60 passes per 90 and around 45 passes out of them are successful.
Swansea City troubles are in front of the goal and the team has attempted very few shots when compared to the passes made by them. The Swans have attempted the second-lowest number of shots in the Championship. A total of 100 shots have been attempted and 49 of them are attempted from inside the opposition box. Only 14 shots out of 49 have been on target. The Swans have contested very few duels in the league and this is due to the possession they have. They have struggled to score goals and that is the main reason for their low position in the league. The expected goal rate is just 9.34 and one of the lowest rates in the division.
Joel Piroe is the highest goal scorer for the club with five goals and an assist to his name this season. The striker has attempted 27 shots and 12 of them have been on target. He is supported by Jamie Paterson who has scored three goals. There are no injuries for Swansea going into this match.
Cardiff City is just behind their opponents in 20th position and have scored 12 goals so far. Their weakness has been the defence and the team has conceded 19 goals.
The Welsh club has created the second-highest number of positional attacks in the Championship. The team averages more than 30 attacks per match and the shots attempted with the positional attacks are 78. They have attempted fewer shots from outside the penalty box and most of the shots are attempted from inside the penalty box. The expected goal rate is 15.20 for the team and is a lot more than their opponents.
Cardiff players have been one of the highest crossers of the ball in the league. This is due to the aerial ability that they possess in the team. The team has won the second-highest number of aerial duels in the season. The Welsh side has played the most number of long passes and is focused on long ball play.
Centre-back Aden Flint remains their top goalscorer with four goals and all the goals were scored in the third and fourth game week. Ryan Giles has five assists to his name and is the highest assist provider for the team.
The defence has been the main concern for Cardiff. They have just one clean sheet so far in the league and have leaked goals in every other match. The recoveries are high and the duels contested are also high but the team has conceded a lot of goals.
Kieffer Moore is likely to pass his fitness test after sustaining a minor injury on international duty. Perry NG, Sean Morrison and Joel Began are available in defence.
The Welsh fans would be eagerly waiting to see their sides taking on each other in the league. Last season both the teams won away while playing each other. This year they haven’t started well and a win against rivals could boost up the confidence of the winning team.