Barclays Premier League
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 8:00pm
The Hawthorns


The game will be the 37th competitive meeting of the two clubs. Swansea lead the way terms of victories with 16 compared to Albion's 13. There have been nine previous Premier League clashes with Albion winning three and Swansea six.

Albion's last game on this date took place in 2014, the Baggies drawing 1-1 with Liverpool in a Premier League clash at The Hawthorns, Victor Anichebe the goalscorer. The club's last win on February 2 came in 2008 when they recorded a 2-1 victory at home over Burnley in a League Championship fixture, Bostjan Cesar and Roman Bednar the scorers.

Swansea's last game on this date took place in 2013, the Swans suffering a 1-0 defeat against West Ham United in a Premier League game at Upton Park.

Only Aston Villa (18) have scored fewer than the 22 Premier League goals scored by both Albion and Swansea this season.

If he plays a part in the game, Ben Foster will make his 200th Premier League appearance.

Albion's last six games: Peterborough United (H, FAC) 2-2; Aston Villa (H) 0-0; Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0; Southampton (A) 0-3; Chelsea (A) 2-2; Bristol City (H, FAC) 2-2.

Swansea City's last six games: Everton (A) 2-1; Watford (H) 1-0; Sunderland (H) 2-4; Oxford United (A, FAC) 2-3; Manchester United (A) 1-2; Crystal Palace (A) 0-0.



New loan signings Sandro and Alex Pritchard could both make their debuts whilst Baggies' boss Tony Pulis is hopeful captain Darren Fletcher, and goalkeeper Ben Foster, are fit to return after missing last weekend's game with Peterborough through injury. Saido Berahino is also expected to be available despite reportedly suffering a 'dead-leg' in training.

James Morrison (hamstring) and Callum McManaman (ankle) are both out whilst Chris Brunt (hamstring) is a doubt.

Swansea City

Italian striker Alberto Paloschi looks likely to make his Swans' debut after joining in an £8m deal from Chievo last week.



Albion Win: 17/10, Swansea City Win: 19/10, Draw: 19/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Rondon 11/2, Lambert 6/1, Berahino 6/1, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 15/2, Pritchard 8/1, Gardner 10/1, McClean 10/1, Fletcher 16/1, Sandro 16/1, Brunt 20/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Evans 25/1, Chester 28/1, Yacob 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

Swansea City: Paloschi 11/2, Gomis 13/2, Ayew 7/1, Emnes 15/2, Eder 8/1, Sigurdsson 8/1, Barrow 9/1, Routledge 9/1, Ki Sung-yeung 10/1, Montero 12/1, Cork 16/1, Bartley 25/1, Britton 25/1, Rangel 33/1, Fernandez 33/1, Amat 33/1, Naughton 33/1.

No goalscorer: 11/2.



Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Assistant Referees:
Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire) & Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)
Fourth Official:
Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Swarbrick  last took charge of an Albion game in March of last year - the Baggies' 3-0 defeat at Manchester City - a game that saw Gareth McAuley sent-off in a case of mistaken identity with Craig Dawson.

The Lancashire official has taken charge of three Swansea City games so far this season - the Swans' 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in December, their 2-1 win at Aston Villa in October and the 1-1 draw at Sunderland in August.

Swarbrick has issued 66 yellow cards and four red in the 21 games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Swarbrick's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Tickets are currently on general sale to home supporters priced at £27/£25 adults, £21/£20 seniors (over 60s), £16/£15 under-21s/students and £10 juniors.


Light rain showers, 4°C


The first competitive meeting of the two sides came in October 1927 at The Hawthorns. Two goals from Joe Carter, along with efforts from Arthur Fitton, Jimmy Cookson and Charlie Wilson helped the Baggies to a 5-2 victory. The return game at Vetch Field in March saw the Swans gain revenge with a 3-2 victory, two goals from Cookson for Albion in vain.

The first five meetings between Albion and Swansea saw 33 goals scored, the Baggies scoring 19 of those.

Albion's best league victory over the Swans is a 6-2 win at The Hawthorns in October 1929, Tommy Glidden scoring four of the goals. The Baggies also strolled to an 8-2 win during October 1941 in a Football League South wartime game at The Hawthorns, William 'G' Richardson hitting five of the Albion goals.

Other big wins for the Baggies include a 5-1 victory at The Hawthorns in September 1928 and the aforementioned 5-2 victory in the first meeting of the sides in October 1927. 

Swansea's best victory over Albion came at the Vetch in February 1929 when goals from Gunn (2), Cheetham, Ranson, Hole and McPherson saw the hosts hand out a 6-1 thrashing of the Baggies.

Probably the most important games between the two clubs came during the 1992/93 season when they met in the League Division Two play-off semi-finals. In the first leg at Vetch Field Albion trailed 2-0 and looked to be heading out of the tie until a late Andy McFarlane own goal gave Ossie Ardiles' men a vital lifeline. The return game at The Hawthorns saw the Baggies clinch a place at Wembley with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Andy Hunt and Ian Hamilton in front of a crowd of just over 26,000 who produced one of the best ever atmospheres the old ground has ever seen.

Swansea have held the upper hand in the nine Premier League meetings so far between the clubs, winning six of them.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


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Tuesday 16 March 2010 - Swansea City 0-2 Albion - League Championship - Liberty Stadium
Wednesday 19 May 1993 - Albion 2-0 Swansea City - League Division Two play-off semi final 2nd leg - The Hawthorns
Saturday 25 January 1992 - Albion 2-3 Swansea City - Third Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 5 September 1981 - Albion 4-1 Swansea City - First Division - The Hawthorns


Albion 2-0 Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 11 February 2015, 8:00pm

Albion: Foster, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Brunt, McManaman (Sessegnon 57), Yacob, Fletcher, Morrison (Gardner 85), Ideye, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Olsson, Baird.

Goalscorers: Ideye 60, Berahino 74

Booked: McManaman 23 (foul), Ideye 41 (foul)

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Cork, Shelvey (Oliveira 62), Dyer (Routledge 63), Montero, Gomis. Subs not used: Tremmel, Amat, Rangel, Carroll, Fulton.

Booked: Taylor 34 (foul)

Attendance: 23,516

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino eased West Brom's relegation worries as the Baggies cruised to a 2-0 win over Swansea. Revitalised Ideye - the Baggies' £10million record signing - was on the verge of joining Qatari side Al Gharafa on deadline day for just five million Euros but has now doubled his tally for the season in his last two games. He netted his fourth goal of the campaign against Swansea before Berahino bagged his 15th to lift the Baggies up to 14th and four points clear of the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Bafetimbi Gomis spurned the Swans' best chance in a spiky first half but they rarely threatened in a dour second period. Ideye returned, with Berahino, after netting the equaliser as the Baggies rescued a point in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Burnley. James Morrison replaced Chris Baird while Swansea brought in Jefferson Montero for Modou Barrow, out with a foot problem.

After the wretched first half display on Sunday, which saw them go 2-0 down at Turf Moor, Albion came out of the blocks firing. Lukasz Fabianski's smart save from Craig Dawson's glancing header produced a goalmouth scramble after 12 minutes which saw Swansea hack away Ideye's follow up. Callum McManaman arrowed a shot wide as the Baggies pressed again in their best 45 minutes since head coach Tony Pulis took charge in January. Swansea, despite some typical neat interplay, failed to conjure a chance until the 26th minutes when Gomis slashed a shot well wide. Albion and Berahino continued to threaten though, with the lively striker forcing the visitors' defence into last-ditch challenges. But six minutes before the break Gomis fired Swansea's best chance straight at Ben Foster after West Brom's initial threat waned.

McManaman curled well over immediately after the re-start during a subdued start to the second half. Both sides cancelled each other out, though, until the hosts broke the deadlock on the hour. McManaman was forced off injured after 57 minutes, to be replaced by Stephane Sessegnon, and the substitute had an instant hand in the Baggies' opener. He found Berahino who scampered towards the area and slipped in Ideye, who wriggled free of Ashley Williams. The defender recovered to block Ideye's first effort only for the striker to clinically fire the loose ball into the bottom corner. And Ideye repaid the favour 14 minutes later when Berahino made it 2-0. The England Under-21 international received the ball in midfield, swapped passes with his strike partner and rifled into the top corner from 15 yards. Swansea never recovered and Gomis nodded well wide with four minutes left to sum up their evening.

Sporting Life


Baggies' coach Gerry Francis had a short spell as a Swansea player back in 1984.

Swans' defender Ashley Williams was in the youth system at The Hawthorns during the late 1990s before being released at the age of 16.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Paul Agnew, Kwame Ampadu, Paul Anderson, Craig Beattie, Harry Boston, Walter Boyd, Fred Buck, Adam Chambers, Arthur Cook, Ted Crowe, Neil Cutler, Robbie Dennison, Bob Finch, Roy Finch, Jack Haines, Carl Heggs, Ivor Jones, Des Lyttle, Amos Lloyd, Tudor Martin, Tony Millington, Luke Moore, Frank Nouble, Stewart Phillips, Ronnie Rees, David Rushbury, Scott Sinclair, David Smith, David Stewart, James Thomas, Kim Wassell and Colin West.

Former Swans' boss Colin Addison had two spells as Albion's assistant manager under Ron Atkinson; Frank Burrows, another former City manager, was assistant manager during Gary Megson's time at The Hawthorns; Walter Robbins, an Albion forward during the 1930s, was later part of Swansea's coaching staff.


 Home 17 10 3 4 39 20
 Away 19 3 4 12 19 37
 Total 36 13 7 16 58 57




 Sat 26 Dec 2015 Premier League A 0-1 Ki Sung-yeung   20,789
 Wed 11 Feb 2015 Premier League H 2-0 Ideye, Berahino   23,516
 Sat 30 Aug 2014 Premier League A 0-3 Dyer 2, Routledge   20,318
 Sat 15 Mar 2014 Premier League A 2-1 Sessègnon, Mulumbu - Lamah   20,703
 Sun 01 Sep 2013 Premier League H 0-2 Davies, Hernandez   23,395
 Sat 09 Mar 2013 Premier League H 2-1 Lukaku, de Guzman (og) - Moore   24,832
 Wed 28 Nov 2012 Premier League A 1-3 Lukaku - Michu, Routledge 2   20,377
 Sat 04 Feb 2012 Premier League H 1-2 Fortuné - Sigurdsson, Graham   24,274
 Sat 17 Sep 2011 Premier League A 0-3 Sinclair (pen), Lita, Dyer   20,341
 Tue 16 Mar 2010 Championship A 2-0 Dorrans (pen), Miller   17,774


Tuesday 2nd February

7:45pm - Arsenal v Southampton; Leicester City v Liverpool; Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur; Sunderland v Manchester City; West Ham United v Aston Villa.

8:00pm - Crystal Palace v Bournemouth; Manchester United v Stoke City; Albion v Swansea City.

day 3rd February

7:45pm - Everton v Newcastle United; Watford v Chelsea.

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