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Premier League

  • 9 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 24832

West Brom - Swansea Preview: League Cup winners look for strong finish against European hopefuls

West Brom - Swansea Preview: League Cup winners look for strong finish against European hopefuls


This Premier League season's two surprise packages clash as rumours over both managers' futures continue, with a Europa League place still an achievable aim for either club



Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Mulumbu, Yacob
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt 


Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Davies

Dyer, De Guzman, Ki, Britton, Pablo

West Brom manager Steve Clarke can welcome back Romelu Lukaku, eligible again after missing out against his parent club Chelsea last weekend, but fellow striker Shane Long (ankle) faces a race against time to be fit.

Chris Brunt looks set to play, shaking off the injury (ankle) that saw him miss the trip to Stamford Bridge. Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob and Jonas Olsson have also been declared fit despite doubts.

Goran Popov is available again following his three-game suspension for his red card for spitting against Spurs, but the Baggies boss may stick with left-back Liam Ridgewell. Out-of-favour Peter Odemwingie should make an appearance from the bench.

Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury worries following the victory at home to Newcastle last weekend, the match only coming too soon for long-term absentees Chico Flores and Neil Taylor (both ankle).

  • Seven of West Brom's last eight Premier League wins have seen them score two goals each match.

  • The Baggies have won only four of the 21 Premier League games they've played in March.

  • Romelu Lukaku (pictured right) is the highest-scoring teenager in the top five European leagues this season, with 12 league goals.

  • West Brom boast the best home record outside of the top six, with 26 points from 14 games.

  • Steve Clarke's men have conceded ten goals in all competitions in the last ten minutes of matches this season while Swansea have scored 15 goals in the same period.

  • The Baggies have lost the last three matches against Swansea.

  • The Swans have lost just two points from leading positions this season, the best record in the top division.

  • Nearly exactly two years ago, (March 5, 2011) West Brom beat newly crowned League Cup winners Birmingham City 3-1, and went on to have a strong finish to the season after Roy Hodgson's first win in charge of the Baggies.

Players to watch

L. Ridgewell

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Liam Ridgwell has received praise from manager Steve Clarke for his recent form and is always a danger from set-pieces, which Swansea have struggled to defend this season - conceding a record 12 goals from such situations.


Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Michu has scored 41 per cent of Swansea’s goals this season, 15 in the Premier League and 19 in all competitions, and opened the scoring in the 3-1 win earlier this term.

Editor's Prediction

West Brom's strong home form and Swansea's neat passing approach will prove an intriguing encounter, but with just four wins from 14 away games the Swans are not as intimidating on their travels. Romelu Lukaku notched twice in his last game for the Baggies - after being ineligible to face parent club Chelsea - and he may well prove to be the difference again.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Swansea City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 2
Swansea City AFC SWA
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 2
Swansea City AFC SWA
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
2 - 1
Swansea City AFC SWA