Swansea City make their long-awaited return to Championship action this afternoon as they take on Huddersfield Town.
Here’s the full lowdown on the game at The John Smith’s Stadium.
What time is Huddersfield Town v Swansea City kick-off?
Huddersfield Town v Swansea City kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, January 15.
Is Huddersfield Town v Swansea City on TV?
No, the match will not be shown live on television.
Due to EFL broadcasting rules, SwansTV will not be streaming the game in the UK and Ireland, although fans in international areas can watch for £10.
You can follow live updates from the match via our blog which will be available on our Swansea City page.
What’s the latest team news?
Academy goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic is set to be included on the bench for the hosts given that Ryan Schofield is out with an injury.
Lee Nicholls is in line to start in goal after recovering from an illness.
Huddersfield will also give a late fitness test to Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill who has been struggling with a knee problem.
Strikers Jordan Rhodes and Fraizer Campbell are both available.
As for Swansea, new signings Cyrus Christie and Andy Fisher are both eligible to feature against the Terriers.
Kyle Joseph – who was recently recalled from his loan spell with Cheltenham Town – is also set to be included in the matchday squad.
However, Russell Martin has confirmed the Swans will be without “a couple” of players due to Covid-19.
What have the managers said?
Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan: “Swansea City are playing better than the results they’re getting, so it’s going to be a high challenge for us.
“We need to be ready to face whatever they do.
“It will be a test of our abilities in defence and in attack.”
Swansea City boss Russell Martin: “They’ve been great, they’ve done really well. The benefit of giving the manager time.
“He had a tough season last season. You see it a lot. Change can be really messy. But they’ve come through that and they’ve recruited well with players who fit his system and style of play.
“They’ve got a couple of outstanding players who have been at a really good level in [Lewis] O’Brien and [Sorba] Thomas.
“They’ve had a lot of time together as a group and they’re benefiting from that, and I’ve got no doubt that eventually we’ll be the same.”
What are the latest betting odds?
Huddersfield Town win – 17/10
Draw – 21/10
Swansea City win – 7/4
(Odds courtesy of Sky Bet, correct at time of publishing)
Who is the referee?
David Webb will take charge of proceedings in west Yorkshire.
The County Durham official was the man in the middle for Swansea’s loss to Blackburn Rovers and the win at Barnsley.
He will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Matthew Mcgrath. Neil Hair will be the fourth official.
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- Huddersfield Town have lost one of their last nine home league games against Swansea (W5 D3), winning 4-1 in this exact fixture last season.
- Swansea City are looking to complete a league double over Huddersfield for the first time since the 1992-93 season under Frank Burrows.
- Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last six league matches (W3 D3), their best run since going seven without defeat between September and November 2019.
- Swansea have lost their last three league games, their worst run under Russell Martin. Indeed, Martin has never lost more than three league games in a row in his managerial career so far (also three defeats in March 2021 with MK Dons).
- Huddersfield’s Harry Toffolo has assisted six league goals this season, his best tally in a Football League season since 2018-19 for Lincoln City (also six). He last assisted more in a season in 2014-15 for Swindon Town, when he assisted seven league goals.
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