Swansea head home to the Liberty Stadium looking to build on their dramatic 3-2 win at Brentford which ended a run of three consecutive defeats.
Match Preview by Ross Power – @rosspow10
They will come up against an out-of-form Sheffield Wednesday and this is a really good opportunity to gain some momentum going into the busy Christmas period. Momentum is key in this league perhaps more than any other with such a congested league table and two or three consecutive wins can see a team rise up the table.
Swansea currently occupy 12th place on 29 points and I personally think this is about right as we have lacked consistency which is perfectly understandable with such a young squad. Having said that, a good Christmas – results wise could see us firmly established in the playoff picture going into the new year.
It will be interesting to see what Potter does with the team on Saturday as he has a few issues to consider. The horrendous long-term injury to Martin Olsson means a decision will need to be made at left back.
Potter could bring Declan John is as the most like-for-like replacement but he has not played much football since he signed for Swansea and struggled against Derby.
The other options are moving one of Naughton or Roberts across to that position or going back to the previous experiment of Matt Grimes.
I have been really impressed with Grimes in central midfield and although he wouldn’t let anyone down I don’t think you get the best out of him at fullback and his passing in the midfield has been excellent in the past few weeks.
Also in the Norwich game, he was exposed defensively when out of position for two of the goals and he hasn’t played there since.
It’s for that reason that I think Potter might give Declan John another chance and maybe a run in the team will benefit him.
Further forward I do not see the need for any changes. Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Barrie McKay all had a big influence on the Brentford game and did more than enough to warrant another chance with Daniel James injured and Montero as ever being handled carefully.
Sheffield Wednesday are a team very much out of form with 1 win in 9 and the manager Jos Luhukay is under serious pressure with fans calling for him to be sacked. In their last game, they were fortunate to draw 2-2 with Rotherham.
Wednesday have conceded a league-high 38 goals which is surprising considering their style of play is based around being conservative and defensively solid with 3 at the back.
There is a lack of pace throughout their team and they will be direct trying to play off giant striker Adthe Nuhiu, the star performer has been Adam Reach who has scored some fantastic goals this season.
They are a team who have suffered from injuries and will be missing key creative players like Fernando Foristeiri and Barry Bannan. As with Brentford last week this is probably a good time to be playing Wednesday and I would expect Swansea to have plenty of the ball and dominate the game and as long as they can take their chances I am going for a 2-0 win.