Prediction: Swansea City v Norwich City

Anthony Pilkington scores for Norwich City at Swansea last season. Anthony Pilkington scores for Norwich City at Swansea last season.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:00 AM

East meets West this weekend but Norwich City’s trip to Swansea should accentuate the enduring similiarities between the clubs.

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Both promoted in 2010. Both punched well above their collective weight, to not only survive but flourish, and both saw the summer departures of their respective managers allied to the inevitable warnings of impending doom second time around.

Yet, once again, they continue to prosper under new guidance and some astute summer signings. Chris Hughton’s squad is unbeaten in eight Premier League games. Michael Laudrup’s boys have lost only once in their last seven top flight matches – and that to the champions. Both also have Capital One Cup quarter-final ties next week.

Laudrup has embraced the passing philosophy of his predecessor, which won the Swans plenty of plaudits last season. Norwich’s recent rise has been founded on defensive resolution and sharp counter-attacking forays interspersed with quality set-pieces.

Swansea would expect to dominate possession with ball players like Leon Britton and Jonathan De Guzman.

The onus is on Alex Tettey and Bradley Johnson to disrupt, to spoil, like they did in such impressive fashion against Arsenal’s similar style earlier this season.

If the visitors can establish parity in that key area of the park then the likes of Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt come into play. The duo struggled to impose themselves at Everton and Reading, but Norwich’s dominant second half display at St Mary’s was an encouraging sign on the road.

Michu’s 11 goals in 17 appearances following his £2m summer move from Rayo Vallecano looks the steal of this or any other season at present.

The 26-year-old has the physical presence to deal with the athletic nature of the English game and the mobility and technique to link seamlessly with the Swans’ midfield. Cut that supply line and Norwich’s prospects of continuing their unbeaten run improve immeasurably.

Swansea City 2, Norwich City 1

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7 comments

  • I would love for Holt to score. The stick they gave him about his weight at the Liberty last year was unnecessary, hopefully he can put his frame to good use today! Besides, I never could stand the media fascination with Swansea last year, oh sorry, I meant 'the Welsh Barcelona'... I guess they are reminiscent of Barcelona, well, if you excluded Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Victor Valdes, David Villa, Dani Alves, Alexis Sanchez, Pique, Fabregas, Jordi Alba, ..... Sergio Busquets.... Javier Mascherano.............. alex song......

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Your predictive skills are truly awesome, Gedster. We are not worthy......so why not just go away? Lol. wisemanthree; Holty did the biz for you! He scored one and assisted 2 goals. Don`t the druids just love him. Regards, Vlad Tepes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Oh dear Geddy boy, oh dear!! Back to your Green Un board, but thanks for continuing to follow us

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    stephen davis

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Same pattern. Remove the actual comment and it gets thro`. Gedster would`ve predicted that.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • I have to say that it is refreshing to see informed analysis coming from an Archant journalist. I agree with the analysis, and just hope that the Hughton double backline can blunt Swansea, and allow us to take a worthy point on the road.....or even knick it by exercising the "Indian sign" we seem to hold over Swansea.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • 3 attempts, not triplicates, ethered. Over to the 1p5wich trolls. It`s their board, after all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • 4-1 Swansea. They are much better than us. See you Monday Paddy. Brown sauce on my bacon sarnie! Ho Ho. Laters - Ged

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

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