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  • 17 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 20341

Swansea - West Brom Preview: Welsh side still looking for their first ever Premier League goal

The newly promoted team have yet to find the back of the net in the top flight this season, and face opponents who are likely to hand a full debut to an inexperienced centre-back



Richards, Rangel, Williams, Taylor
Gower, Dyer, Britton, Routledge


Reid, Olsson, Dawson, Shorey
Morrison, Dorrans, Scharner, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

Captain Gary Monk is still out injured, and with on-loan Steven Caulker suffering a knee injury and returning to parent club Tottenham, Swansea are a little short defensively, especially with midfielder Kemy Augustien being ruled out with a hamstring problem.

Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera are approaching full fitness for the visitors, but they are highly unlikely to be rushed back from injury and risked in this game, while Gabriel Tamas is suspended for three matches after elbowing James Vaughan against Norwich, with Craig Dawson expected to deputise and make his Premier League debut.

  • Swansea City have only scored one goal this season in all competitions, and that was an own goal by Shrewsbury Town’s Shane Cansdell-Sherriff in the first round of the League Cup, which the Swans lost 3-1.
  • If Swansea fail to score, they will become the first side in the history of the Premier League to fail to find the net in their first five games, and will become the first side to fail to score in their first five games in the top flight since Ipswich in the 1970-71 season.
  • The current defensive problems that are troubling the Swans were compounded by Fifa on Thursday, who refused to give them international clearance on the deadline day signings of Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche after delays in the processing of the two transfers.
  • Swansea’s Craig Beattie (pictured right) is the only player from both squads to have played for both teams, having spent two-years at The Hawthorns and scoring four goals in 31 appearances.
  • These two teams last played each other in the league in the 2009-10 Championship season, with Swansea winning 1-0 at The Hawthorns and West Brom winning the return fixture 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Of the last 24 league meetings between these two sides, both teams have nine victories apiece.
  • These teams famously played each other in the 1992-93 Third Division play-offs, where the Baggies won 3-2 on aggregate before going on to defeat Port Vale 3-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium, their first appearance at the national stadium for over 20 years.
  • West Brom have struggled to keep a clean sheet under manager Roy Hodgson since he took charge in February 2011, with their 1-0 win over Norwich City their first in 20 matches away from home.
  • Before he committed himself to the Nigerian national team, West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie was eligible to play for Russia or Uzbekistan, having been born in Uzbek capital Tashkent and being raised in Russia.
  • After his red card against Norwich City for elbowing Canaries striker Vaughan, Baggies defender Tamas was charged with violent conduct after leaving the young striker requiring plastic surgery, and has been banned for three matches.


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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
-Garry MonkManager/Coach
3Neil TaylorDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
21F. BessoneDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
31L. LucasMidfielder
33Stephen Dobbie Striker
8Luke MooreStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
2Steven ReidDefender
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
24Shane LongStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
Players to Watch
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Swansea City’s record signing has struggled since arriving at the Liberty Stadium during the summer transfer window, but his finishing prowess has never been in doubt throughout his career.

If he receives support from Swansea’s other attacking threats, such as Scott Sinclair and Wayne Routledge, Graham will be hopeful of opening his Premier League account, and will be one of the most dangerous threats to the West Brom defence.
Craig Dawson
Craig Dawson
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 1 0
After the suspension of Tamas, the youngster is widely expected to deputise in the centre of defence after a meteoric rise, having only started his professional career with Radcliffe Borough in the Northern League.

Since joining West Brom from Rochdale in 2009, Dawson has been held in high regard by the Baggies’ coaching staff, and his development this season has seen him make two appearances for the England Under-21 side, scoring two goals on his debut against Azerbaijan in September.
Goal-shy Swansea have not scored in the Premier League this season, and have seen record signing Danny Graham struggle to lead the line alone with little support.

By contrast, West Brom have one of the finest strike partnerships in the league in Long and Odemwingie.

West Brom should win this game comfortably, as their attacking football should be too much for a depleted and vulnerable Swansea defence.
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