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  • 4 February 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: J. Moss
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West Brom - Swansea Preview: Roy Hodgson's men have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 15 matches

Welsh club looks to continue march up league table against injury-riddled hosts with on-song wingers Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair likely to run riot again


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Foster
Tamas, Olsson, Ridgewell, Shorey
Cox, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans
Fortune, Odemwingie

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor
Dyer, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Sinclair
Graham

Top scorer Shane Long continues to be a doubt for Roy Hodgson's men as the Irishman recovers from a stomach virus. Christ Brunt and Zoltan Gera are both long-term injury absences for the Baggies, but utilityman Paul Scharner is nearing fitness from an Achilles problem.

Hodgson will also welcome recent transfers Liam Ridgewell and Keith Andrews from Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers respectively. Steven Reid also returned from a six-month absence against Fulham and should play some part at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Jerome Thomas is also close to returning from an ankle injury.

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has a relatively fresh bill of health for his first choice players after his side escaped without injury from the midweek 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium.

However, midfielder Ferrie Boddie suffered another injury blow in a reserve match this week, which should again rule him out indefinitely as he neared return from almost three years on the sidelines. Andrea Orlandi is also ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea make their shortest jaunt in the top flight this season when they travel 120 miles north east to Albion.
  • Albion forward Somen Tchoyi (pictured right) scored the equalizer at Fulham as a late substitute on Tuesday. That was his first appearance in three months.
  • The Welsh side lost only once in January, and also registered their first away win of the season at Aston Villa during the month.
  • The Baggies have 12 homegrown players in their 25-man squad, four more than required by FA regulations.
  • A penalty kick was scored in three of the last four meetings between the two sides.
  • West Brom have only won one of their last six league games, while their opponents have only lost one game over the same span.
  • Swansea have failed to score away in four of their last six ties, though Hodgson's side have only kept a clean sheet only once in the last 15 matches.
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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
2Steven ReidDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
6Liam RidgewellDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
Players to Watch
Liam Ridgewell
Liam Ridgewell
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Liam Ridgewell joined the Baggies from Championship side Birmingham as the transfer window shut at the end of January. The defender is the perfect mold for the injury-ridden West Midlands club who lack left-footed defenders.

The 27-year-old has also battled with relegation many times with the Brummies, experience that manager Hodgson will be hoping to draw upon starting Saturday.
Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Swansea defender Ashley Williams was peerless during the week when the Swans deserved all three points against Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. All his hard work was cruelly undone during the death, but the 27-year-old has quietly become one of the best central defenders  in the Premier League.

His athleticism, drive, and no-nonsense style, should, on paper, be too much for the depleted West Brom strike force this Saturday.
Prediction
West Brom have been in poor form for most of the season, getting by with draws and the odd win without ever establishing consistency. Rodgers' men were on song last month and, despite a mediocre away record, could easily run away with all three points at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Had the Swans beaten Chelsea, the relatively inexperienced Premier League newboys would likely have been a let down this weekend. But given the harshness of the last-minute equaliser at the Liberty on Tuesday, a balanced Swans team should be doubly focused and take all three points against the toothless Baggies.
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