Swansea City will be hoping to escape the bottom three, but will have to work extremely hard to get the better of a West Bromwich Albion team which has proved stubborn on their travels this term.
There were a number of positive signs for the Welsh club to draw on from their goalless draw at home to West Ham United last weekend as they returned to their principle of taking the game to the opposition and playing neat passing, attacking football. The only thing which let them down was a lack of end product and quality in the final third, with lone striker Bafetimbi Gomis starved of the service he craves as a forward who likes to play off the last defender.
Confidence is low following their sudden slide to the wrong end of the table, but there is no question that there is more than enough ability within the squad to move clear of the perilous position in which they find themselves, and caretaker boss Alan Curtis is experienced enough to know that just one positive result might just enable them to turn the corner. The Swans can be expected to dominate possession in this one, but will be sure to come against a wall of hardened resistence.
In three previous visits, Tony Pulis has not won a game at the Liberty Stadium as a manager, and comes into this with his West Brom side a little wounded from their defeat at home to Bournemouth. It was one that they were unlucky to lose in the sense that the goal that decided the game was from a penalty awarded for an infringement which took place outside the penalty area, but overall the Baggies were punished for completely losing their discipline.
Winger James McClean has long held a reputation for being a loose cannon, and his malicious challenge on Adam Smith saw him correctly dismissed, while as frustration boiled over late on striker Salomon Rondon saw red for another brainless act of violent conduct. That they will now miss the next three games at a time of the season where squads are so often stretched will have certainly left Pulis less than happy, but it may provide a chance for Saido Berahino to return to the starting line-up, or an opportunity out wide for Callum McManaman.
The hosts have Angel Rangel available despite a sprained ankle, and Wayne Routledge has recovered from the injury which kept him out of the West Ham game.
Aside from being without McClean and Rondon, West Brom also have few injury problems to contend with and have Claudio Yacob back from compassionate leave to bolster their midfield.
Last Meeting: A superb individual performance from Nathan Dyer helped Swansea breeze to a 3-0 victory over West Brom in August 2014 and ensure that they went into the first international break of last season with a 100% record. The winger was set up by Gylfi Sigurdsson for both of his goals, which he finished with the utmost confidence. In between, Wayne Routledge capitalised on a poor defensive clearance to score with a stunning volley.
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