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  • March 9, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - Swansea

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

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WEST BROM


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

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Davies

Dyer, De Guzman, Ki, Britton, Pablo
Michu

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-favor 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, but the match comes too soon for long-term absentees Chico Flores and Neil Taylor (both ankle).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Seven of West Brom's last eight Premier League wins have seen the Baggies score two goals in 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 boasts the best home record outside of the top six, with 26 points from 14 games.

  • Steve Clarke's men have conceded 10 goals in all competitions in the last 10 minutes of matches this season, while Swansea has 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.

  • Almost two years ago to the day, (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.

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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
20Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
27Kyle BartleyDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
27Mark GowerMidfielder
25Roland LamahMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
Players to Watch
Liam Ridgewell
Liam Ridgewell
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Michu
Michu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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