The game itself seemed to lack a bit of 'oomph' at times which was understandable in the circumstances and although both sides had their chances to win, another 0-0 was no major surprise given the relatively low number of attacking efforts during the match.
I mentioned in an earlier blog that 0-0 (or no goalscorer) would be the value bet for most games that the Swans are involved with as we tend to contol games for large passages but are not going to blow away too many teams or get taken apart too often ourselves.
Overall Swansea dominated possession with relatively little cut through only managing seven efforts to Villa's 12.
|Only 3 efforts were on target in total for the entire game. Numbers relate to squad number of player with the effort.|
|Free Kicks won by Swansea (in Blue), focused in the middle third, arguably showing Villa being keen to disrupt moves from developing.|
|44% of Rangel's passes were in Villa's half compared to Richards' 26%|
When you have someone come in who is less experienced you naturally focus on their performance more and greater emphasis may be made on any mistake than if the same thing was done by someone else.
|Overall a good set of passing from Richards who although maybe has less attacking threat than Rangel, did most things well|
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