WEST BROMWICH ALBION v SWANSEA CITY
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 1st September 2013,
Albion have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games.
The Baggies' last Premier League win at The
Hawthorns came almost six months ago - against Swansea City.
Swansea have lost their last
four Premier League fixtures. The Swans have never lost five in a row.
Albion's last game on this date came last year when
they defeated Everton 2-0 at The Hawthorns. The Swans' also played on this date
last year, drawing 2-2 at home to Sunderland.
last six games:
Newport County (H, LC) 3-0; Everton (A) 0-0; Southampton (H) 0-1; Bologna (H,
Fr) 2-0; Cork City (A, Fr) 6-0; Genoa (N, Fr) 0-1.
Swansea City's last six games: Petrolul Ploiesti
(A, ELQ) 1-2; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 0-1; Petrolul Ploiesti (H, ELQ) 5-1;
Manchester United (H) 1-4; Malmo (A, ELQ) 0-0; Malmo (H ELQ) 4-0.
Albion boss Steve Clarke is
without on-loan striker Matej Vydra, who sustained a hamstring injury in the
Capital One Cup win over
Newport on Tuesday but Nicolas Anelka returns after missing the last
two games due to compassionate leave.
With Ben Foster out with a stress fracture of a bone in his
right foot, Boaz Myhill looks likely to start in goal as opposed to Luke Daniels
who played against Newport.
Midfielders Zoltan Gera, George Thorne (both knee) and Steven
Reid (knock) remain sidelined.
Myhill, Daniels, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley,
Dawson, Jones, Tamas,
Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Long, Mulumbu, Rosenberg, Berahino, Anelka,
Swans' trio Ashley Williams,
Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey are expected to play despite missing the midweek
trip to Romania with minor knocks but
Nathan Dyer (hamstring) and Neil Taylor (thigh) are
Vorm, Amat, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Bony,
Hernandez, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Ki, De Guzman, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo,
Tremmel, Richards, Davies, Donnelly, Tiendalli.
Baggies' 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.
“We know how Swansea
play. We went down there last season on a run of four wins, got caught a little
bit short, and they beat us comfortably. We had a good, competitive game against
them at The Hawthorns and we managed to shade it 2-1. I think over the course of
the season between ourselves and
it was pretty much honours even, even down to the final league positions when we
shaded it by one place.
“Swansea are a very good team. They obviously need a bigger squad this year
because they were good enough to win the Capital One Cup, which was great for
them. Now they have the bonus of being involved in the Europa League, which is
great for any club - I don’t care what anybody says - it’s a great competition
and I’d like to be involved in it myself one day. They’ve built the squad a
little bit more, have a certain way of playing, play good football, they’re
attractive and are difficult to play against. They’ve had a tough start against
two difficult teams to play against - and hopefully on Sunday we can make that
“I went down to White Hart Lane
last week to watch them play Tottenham and I thought they were good. They were a
little bit unfortunate not to get anything from that game. So we know we need to
be at our best on Sunday - and hopefully we will be.”
Albion Win: 6/4, Swansea City Win: 7/4, Draw: 12/5.
Anelka 5/1, Long 6/1, Rosenberg 13/2, Berahino 7/1, Sinclair 8/1, Morrison 10/1,
Dorrans 11/1, Brunt 14/1, Mulumbu 14/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1.
Swansea City: Bony 7/1, Michu 7/1, Pozuelo 10/1,
Shelvey 10/1, Hernandez 11/1, Dyer 12/1, Routledge 12/1, de Guzman 14/1, Sung-Yueng
16/1, Lamah 16/1, Rangel 25/1.
Mike Dean (Wirral)
Dean took charge of four Albion games last season - the
1-1 draw at Tottenham in August, the 4-2 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of
Light in November, the 2-1 New Year's Day defeat at home to Fulham and the 0-0
draw at Stoke in March.
The Wirral official refereed three Swansea games
last season - the 2-2 draw at home to Reading in October, the 1-0 defeat at
Spurs in December and the 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium against Stoke in
He handed out 145 yellow cards and five red cards
in the 41 games he officiated last season.
Seats for this category B
game remain on general sale priced at £25 adults, £20 seniors, £15
under-21s/students and £10 under-17s.
Partly cloudy but dry, 17°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 in vain.
The first five meetings between Albion and Swansea saw 33 goals scored,
the Baggies scoring 19 of those.
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 8-0 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 Albion
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
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 had the upper hand
in the four Premier League meetings between the clubs, winning three of them.
(Click on game to view)
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
LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
2-1 Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9 March 2013,
Albion: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu,
87), Morrison (Thomas 87), Brunt, Lukaku (Odemwingie 80). Subs not used:
Myhill, Tamas, Popov, Rosenberg.
Lukaku (40), de Guzman (og 61).
Booked: Jones (foul 41).
Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Sung-Yueng,
de Guzman, Hernandez (Lamah 68), Michu, Routledge (Shechter 76), Moore (Dyer
60). Subs not used: Tremmel, Gower, Tiendalli, Bartley.
Booked: Dyer (foul 88).
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).
West Brom maintained their push
for a European spot but needed an own goal from Swansea midfielder Jonathan de
Guzman to seal victory in the Barclays Premier League clash at the Hawthorns.
Capital One Cup winners
started in impressive style and deserved to go ahead through former
West Brom striker Luke Moore's header. Lukaku equalised with his 13th
goal of the campaign before the decider from De Guzman but the visitors had a
late effort from substitute Roland Lamah harshly ruled out for offside. Lukaku
could afford the luxury of having a penalty saved by Swans keeper Michel Vorm
when the score was 1-1 as
Albion secured their third win in the last four games. The on-loan
Chelsea player again
impressed with his pace and power in the lone striker role. His performances
must surely be giving his parent club food for thought in deciding whether to
recall him for next season or allow him to go back out on loan. But even he was
eclipsed by another excellent performance in the centre of the park by James
Morrison, who pulled the strings to telling effect.
Swansea started in confident
fashion and Michu missed an early opportunity to break the deadlock. Pablo
Hernandez's right-wing cross dropped invitingly for Swansea's 19-goal leading
scorer inside the danger area but he sent his shot over the bar. Albion
right-back Billy Jones brought down Wayne Routledge 20 yards out but Jonathan de
Guzman curled his free-kick past the post. Michu squandered another golden
opportunity after 19 minutes after a typical free-flowing move. Good link-up
play by Hernandez and Luke Moore carved the opening for Michu but he stabbed his
shot wide with only Ben Foster to beat. It came as no surprise when Moore
celebrated his first start since Boxing Day by opening the scoring against his
former club. Moore got in front of his marker to glance his header from De
Guzman's corner past Foster into the far corner of the net. But Albion hit back
and Lukaku levelled after 40 minutes with his 13th goal of the campaign. Dorrans
threaded a low ball towards the near post and Lukaku was first to react in
steering the ball past Michel Vorm. Jones was booked for bringing down Michu
although Albion fans booed the Swansea player after believing he had dived.
Albion ended the first half on top and Vorm parried a fierce volley from
Lukaku was prominent at the start of the second period and he
shot wide after a mistake by Monk had allowed him a free run at goal. The
Belgium international then teed
up a chance for Brunt, whose shot was saved by Vorm. But he blotted his copybook
after Albion were awarded a 56th-minute penalty for a challenge on Morrison by
Routledge just inside the box. Up stepped Lukaku to take the spot-kick but Vorm
was equal to his low drive away to his right and was able to save. The Baggies
were not to be denied and an own goal from De Guzman put them ahead four minutes
later. Gareth McAuley's header from a Brunt corner was cleared off the line by
Angel Rangel but rebounded back off De Guzman into the net. Dorrans had a fierce
drive deflected wide as Albion looked to extend their advantage. Then Lukaku was
just off target after creating space inside the Swansea box before being
substituted to a standing ovation with nine minutes left. Swansea substitute
Roland Lamah had the ball in the net in the 87th minute. But it was ruled out
for offside although the ball appeared to hit home defender Gareth McAuley
before rebounding into his path.
Baggies' on-loan winger Scott Sinclair
joined Swansea from Chelsea in August 2010 and spent two successful seasons at
the Liberty Stadium before leaving to join Manchester City in in a £6million
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,
Harry Boston, Walter Boyd, Fred Buck, Arthur Cook, Ted Crowe,
Robbie Dennison, Roy Finch, Jack Haines, Carl Heggs, Ivor Jones,
Amos Lloyd, Tudor Martin, Luke Moore, Tony Millington, Stewart Phillips,
David Stewart, James Thomas, Kim Wassell and
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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS SWANSEA CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST SWANSEA CITY
09 Mar 2013
de Guzman (og) - Moore
Wed 28 Nov 2012
Lukaku - Michu, Routledge 2
Sat 04 Feb 2012
Fortuné - Sigurdsson, Graham
Sat 17 Sep 2011
Sinclair (pen), Lita, Dyer
Tue 16 Mar 2010
Tue 20 Oct 2009
Sat 02 Aug 2008
Wed 06 Sep 2000
Roberts 2 - Bound (pen)
Tue 22 Aug 2000
Wed 03 Aug 1994
Taylor 2, Donovan