PREVIEW: Swans v West Brom

15th March 2014

The Swans will be looking to take another step towards Premier League safety when they face West Brom on Saturday (3pm).

Garry Monk's side welcome the Baggies to the Liberty in what is a crucial game for both sides.

The Swans are currently four points clear of the drop zone, while Albion are just one place above 18th-placed Cardiff and on the same number of points.

Defeat for the visitors could see them enter the bottom three after a run of just one league win in 18 games.

Spanish boss Pepe Mel is also yet to taste victory since taking over at the Hawthorns back in January, and Swansea have won just once in six games in all competitions.

The Swans have won four out of their five Premier League games against West Brom - including a 2-0 win back in September.



Michu could make his return to the Swansea squad after a three-month absence with an ankle injury.

However, the game comes too soon for Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), while Pablo Hernandez could be in line for a return after a similar problem.

Meanwhile, the visitors are without injured quintet Chris Brunt, Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob, Diego Lugano and Billy Jones.



Swans head coach Garry Monk: "You get defining games throughout the season and this is definitely one of them. Everyone's fighting for different reasons - we want the three points and so do West Brom.

"It's a good game, a big game, but we're in front of our home fans and it is important that we put on a performance to get the win."

West Brom boss Pepe Mel: "My focus is on the players and working with them in order to improve them, because this is the only way I can be sure I'm going to be here for a long time.

"It is possible to win four more games - but we just have to think about the next game and winning that one. We must take each game as it comes and always be thinking about the next one."


  • The Swans have the best record of any side in the bottom half against similarly placed opposition (W6, D6, L1)
  • Ashley Williams is in line to make his 100th Premier League appearance for the home side
  • West Brom's only away win this season came against Manchester United in September. They have since taken four points from 10 away fixtures
  • Pepe Mel's side have kept five clean sheets this season - only Cardiff (three) have fared worse

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