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Swansea City defensive analysis: Michael Laudrup’s team use possession to prevent danger

Swansea City remain one of the best passing sides in the Premier League, with an average of 59.5% possession, but concede shots in dangerous areas.

Swansea City
League position: 15th (21 points)
Goals conceded: 33 (14th=)
Shots conceded per game: 12.5 (8th)
Percentage of shots conceded from outside box: 40% (19th)

Swansea City’s season is a tough one to work out.

Michael Laudrup’s side still retain the ball impressively – their average 59% possession is the highest in the Premier League – and as a result have managed to prevent their opposition from having many shots per game.

The Swans’ issues are when they don’t have possession, as they regularly allow their opponents to shoot from dangerous positions.

The South Wales outfit have conceded the second highest percentage of shots in the penalty area, and fourth highest percentage of shots from the six yard box, indicating that rather more steel is required at the back.

Swansea have only kept five clean sheets this season – the second lowest in the entire Premier League – and their poor starts to matches means they often face an uphill struggle to earn points.

Their opposition have scored first in 14 of their 22 matches this season, and better concentration from the off could make a big difference.

After all, Swansea may be 15th in the table, but are only three points above 20th.

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