Preview: West Brom v Swans

1st September 2013

The Swans go in search of their first points of the season when they face West Brom on Sunday (1.30pm).

Michael Laudrup's side travel to the Hawthorns after back-to-back league defeats, while Albion are also searching for their first win of the campaign.

West Brom suffered a narrow defeat to Southampton on the opening day before earning a draw against Everton last time out.

Swansea, meanwhile, have been on the receiving end of defeats to Manchester United and Spurs so far, despite their European adventure.

Laudrup's men progressed to the group stages of the Europa League in midweek with a 6-3 aggregate win over Petrolul Ploiesti, despite a 2-1 defeat in Romania.

However, they will be looking to improve their league form on a ground where they suffered a 2-1 defeat last season.

Team news

Michael Laudrup is expected to make a number of changes to the side that featured in Romania on Thursday, but Nathan Dyer and Neil Taylor are still sidelined.

Former Swans winger Scott Sinclair is expected to feature against his old club after signing on loan from Manchester City, while Nicolas Anelka could also return for the home side.


What they said

West Brom boss Steve Clarke:"We need to improve because we're playing against a very good side in Swansea, who have again invested a lot of money in their squad.

"The players are desperate because we know we didn't give the supporters enough in the first game and we want to make sure the supporters have something to shout about this weekend."


Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "It's a very important game for us after losing the first two games, which you can accept when you see who we played and where.

"We know there are many games coming up and we'll get a lot of points in the Premier League this season, but in the beginning you want to get points as early as possible.

"But, on top of that, we have the international break so it's important for us to get something out of the game on Sunday."


West Brom stats

West Brom have failed to score in four of their last five Barclays Premier League matches

Steve Clarke's side have conceded a goal in each of their last 11 league matches at home, of current Premier League sides only Aston Villa (12) are on a worse such run

Last season West Brom scored just eight goals in the opening 30 minutes of their league games, a divisional low figure


Swansea stats

Swansea have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games. They have never lost five in a row

Swansea have won three of their four Premier League clashes with West Brom

Only against Wigan (10 points) have Swansea City won more points since they joined the Premier League than against West Brom (9)