Premier League: Match preview Swansea City v West Brom

A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Liberty Stadium

Pepe Mel’s West Brom have the chance to close the gap between them and Swansea to a single point when they head to south Wales Saturday afternoon in a huge game for both clubs as they battle to avoid relegation from the top division. Since taking over at The Hawthorns in January, the Spanish manager has yet to taste victory, with reports suggesting recently he is facing the sack if results don’t improve, despite being in charge for less than two months.

With that in mind, he’ll know defeat this weekend will see him pushed further towards the exit door with West Brom perilously close to the drop zone. They currently sit just outside the bottom three thanks to a superior goal difference to Cardiff’s, although they have played a game less than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. However, with Sunderland – who currently occupy 19th spot – having two games in hand on them, the Midlands club simply must bring three points back to England with them.

Garry Monk will be equally eager to claim victory, though, having won just one of his first four league games in charge of the Swans. On the flip side, he has only tasted defeat once domestically so far – a highly-respectable 4-3 loss at Anfield – and with the Welsh side now out of the Europa League following their second- leg defeat to Napoli, they can focus all their efforts on securing a third consecutive season in the top tier of English football.

They’ve not been as strong at home in their second season in the Premier League as they were the first, but with West Brom struggling for goals since Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell ended last season and Swansea only failing to find the net at home once all year, Monk will be quietly confident of moving the home side above the 30-point mark and possibly into the top-half of the table, depending on results elsewhere on Saturday. 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Brom 0-2 Swansea (Davies, Hernandez), Premier League

West Brom (Lukaku, De Guzman OG) 2-1 Swansea (Moore), Premier League

Swansea (Michu, Routledge [2]) 3-1 West Brom (Lukaku), Premier League

STATS…

Swansea have won only four of their last 19 in Wales, but have won four out of five Premier League fixtures against the Baggies

West Brom have failed to win any of their last 10 away league games

Swansea have only failed to score once at home this season (v West Ham)

The visitors have failed to find the net in the first half of eight of their last nine league games

Swansea have benefited from seven own goals this season, more than any other club

ODDS…

Swansea to win: 1.95

West Brom to win: 3.8

Draw: 3.5

TV: Highlights on BBC One, 10:30pm Saturday.

News
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'
scienceBut will it be reinstated?
Voices
voicesI like surprises - that's why I'm bringing them back to politics, writes Nigel Farage
Arts and Entertainment
Adam Levine plays a butcher who obsessively stalks a woman in Maroon 5's 'Animals' music video
music'Animals' video 'promotes sexual violence against women'
News
people Biographer says cinema’s enduring sex symbol led a secret troubled life
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
Arts and Entertainment
Anthony Horowitz will write the next 007 novel
booksAnthony Horowitz to write new instalment in spy series for 2015
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

Sport
Kicking on: Nathaniel Clyne is relishing the challenge of the Premier League after moving from Crystal Palace
footballSurprises include a first ever call-up for one Southampton star
Voices
4 May 2013: The sun rises over Tower Bridge in London. Temperatures across the UK could be higher than several European holiday destinations by Monday, including parts of Italy and France (Andy Hepburn/PA)
voices
News
The moon observed in visible light, topography and the GRAIL gravity gradients
science

...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought

News
Researchers say a diet of fatty foods could impede smell abilities
scienceMeasuring the sense may predict a person's lifespan
Arts and Entertainment
The first batch of coach and ticket packages has sold out for next year's Glastonbury
musicIt looks like you're going to have to be quick to get tickets this year
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
Extras
indybest
News
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?