After last week’s success and triumph in the FA Cup, Kenny Jackett will be hoping to transfer that over to the League when his side travel to Bradford tomorrow.
The Swans boss faces a tough test with up to 11 players missing for the match against the Bantams.
Bradford boss, Colin Todd: ‘I think they’re the best team in the division,’
‘I certainly feel they’ll be up there fighting for automatic promotion at the end of the season and we’ll be the underdogs this weekend.
‘They have kept the momentum going this season.
‘They started off badly and I think if you spoke to their manager he’d tell you he expected to be in a better position early on.
‘But they’ve strengthened their squad and they seem to be timing their run just right.’
Kenny Jackett: ‘I’ve banged the drum with the players about forgetting that game and focusing on Bradford,’
‘Having said that, we could do with exactly the same hunger, desire and attitude we had against Sheffield United tomorrow.
‘Bradford’s form may have been a bit up and down this season, but this is our third successive weekend in Yorkshire and we’ll get nothing if our application’s not right.’
Bradford Team News:
New loan signing and left winger Carlos Logan will be hoping to get a game while striker Dean Windass returns after suspension.
Jermaine Johnston is out with a hamstring injury, Eddie Johnson has shin splints but Richard Edghill, Ben Muirhead and Matt Clarke are all hoping to start.
Player to watch: Dean Windass
The 37 year-old striker is still knocking them in for Bradford and has scored 9 league goals so far this season.
Swansea Team News:
Jackett could have up to 11 players missing for tomorrow’s game. Dennis Lawrence is the latest doubt as he faces a late fitness test after having a throat infection.
Marcos Painter should return though and will join new loan signing Richard Duffy. If Lawrence doesn’t make it, Iriekpen should get a rare chance to start.
Ian Craney, Lee Trundle and Alan Tate are all suspended and they join Owain Tudur-Jones, Darren Way, Darren Pratley, Garry Monk, Andy Robinson, Kevin Amankwaah and Shaun MacDonald on the sidelines.
Butler looks set to keep his place in the side after his heroics in the FA Cup. Tommy Williams will probably replace Robinson on the left side of midfield.
In the centre O’Leary could pair up with Britton as Jackett may decide to go with Butler on the right flank.
Player to watch: Richard Duffy
It’ll be good to see Duffy back in a white shirt and to see how he’s progressed since leaving us 3 years ago. He’ll start at right back tomorrow.
Match Facts & Stats
After a good start, Bradford have now dropped down to 13th place after peaking a top 3 position at the end of August.
Bradford are going through poor form at home, apart from the 1-0 win against Chesterfield in mid-December, their last league home win was September 30th.
They’ve won 3 games in the last 10, losing 4 and drawing 3.
Bradford also concede most of their goals in the first 15 minutes, and are most frequent of scoring in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Hardly surprisingly, Swansea concede a vast majority of their goals in the second half. Only 4 goals have been put past us in the first half.
Our most conceded period doesn’t work well with Bradford, we concede the most goals during the period where the Bantams score the most.
So getting away from all this in-depth scoring nonsense, our away record isn’t too bad really. We beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the cup, should have beaten Huddersfield but threw away a 2-goal lead and beat Crewe 3-1.
Bradford are low in confidence, especially at home and despite us having a whole side absent we still have enough quality to beat them. I think we’ll grab a 2-1 win.
Saturday, 20 January 2007
Swansea v Nottm Forest, 15:00
Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Swansea v Gillingham, 19:45
Saturday, 27 January 2007
Chester/Ipswich v Swansea, 15:00