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Swansea City v Albion match preview

8 December 2017

ALBION are looking to build on three draws in a row when they travel to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm ko).

The opposition 

Swansea City currently sit bottom of the Premier League table having collected nine points from their opening 15 matches.

They are managed by Paul Clement, who took charge in January and guided the club to safety by finishing 15th in the league.

The Swans lost Gylfi Sigurðsson over the summer as he joined Everton, but brought in the likes of Tammy Abraham and Renato Sanches on loan - as well as Sam Clucas, Roque Mesa and Wilfried Bony on permanent deals.

Last time out 

The most recent meeting between the two sides was back in May when Swansea beat Albion 2-1 in South Wales.

The Baggies did manage to record a 3-1 win over The Swans last season, though, thanks to Salomon Rondon's second half hat-trick in December 2016.

Rondon celebrates scoring his third goal in last year's win

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies and Swansea have played each other in December on five occasions - with Albion winning two, The Swans winning two and the other one ending in a draw.
  • Rondon has scored four goals in his last three PL matches against Swansea.
  • Should he play any part in Saturday’s fixture, Gareth McAuley will make his 200th PL appearance - all of which have come in an Albion shirt.

Swansea

  • Swansea haven't won any of their last seven PL matches - a run stretching back to the 14th of October when they beat Huddersfield 2-0.
  • The first competitive meeting between the two sides at the Liberty Stadium was in the Championship back in March 2010 - when Albion ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Graham Dorrans and Ishmael Miller.
  • When they have started that day bottom of the division, Swansea have won five of their last six PL games.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the 2-1 win over Swansea back in 2014.

Head to head 

The teams have met a total of 39 times across all competitions.

The Swans have won 17 times, Albion have won 14 times and the other eight matches have ended in draws.

Man in the middle

Mike Dean will be the referee this weekend, and he’ll be assisted by Simon Long and Daniel Cook - with John Brooks as the fourth official.

Dean was in the middle for Albion’s 1-1 draw with Leicester in October, and has refereed a total of 11 PL games this season.

Ticket news

Tickets for the trip to South Wales remain on general sale to Baggies fans.

Albion have been handed an allocation of 1,030 for the match. Tickets are priced at £30 adults and £17.50 U16s, full-time students & over-60s.

They can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, leaving Kidderminster at 9.30am, Stourbridge and Lye at 9.45am and The Hawthorns at 10.30am, is available at £16.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Swansea is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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