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Albion v Swansea match preview

6 December 2019

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies could make it six successive Sky Bet Championship wins with a victory against Swansea City on Sunday (ko 12pm).

Swansea

Their last outing

In their most recent game, Swansea lost 2-1 to Fulham on home soil.

An Aleksander Mitrovic brace before half-time handed the visitors the advantage, and despite George Byers netting a 65th-minute header, the Swans fell to defeat.

Swansea: Woodman; Roberts, Wilmot, van der Hoorn, Naughton; Fulton (Carroll 74), Grimes; A Ayew, Byers, Peterson (McKay 58); Surridge (Bastón 84).

Substitutes: Nordfeldt, Celina, Bidwell, Cabango.

In the dugout

Steve Cooper has settled into his maiden first-team managerial job well since taking over the reigns in June, with Swansea currently in eighth place in the league.

In his playing days Steve represented a handful of Welsh sides before completing his pro license at just 27. He then moved to become Head of Youth at Wrexham before joining Liverpool, eventually becoming Academy Manager on Merseyside.

Next up was a role as a youth coach educator at the FA, then spells in charge of England Under-16s and Under-17s - who he guided to lift the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.

One to watch

Swansea’s all-time record signing Andre Ayew has played at two World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations. 

The experienced winger, who can play anywhere at the front end of the pitch, has chipped in with six goals and four assists across league and cup in 18 showings for Cooper’s team this term.

He first joined Swansea in 2015, ending a decade-long association with Marseille where he won both the French Cup and French League Cup on multiple occasions. After a spell with the Swans he moved to West Ham before returning to the Liberty Stadium - and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Our last meeting

The most recent clash between the Baggies and the Swans was in March at The Hawthorns.

Albion claimed a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Chris Brunt, Mason Holgate and Jay Rodriguez.

The Baggies also won the first league fixture between the sides last term, coming away from the Liberty Stadium with a 2-1 victory.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies have won six successive Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

• Albion are the top scorers in the Championship with 36 goals - Fulham, Bristol City and Preston are the next highest scorers, all netting 31 goals.

• No team in the top four tiers of English football has scored more goals via substitutes than Albion, with nine goals coming from the bench.

Swansea

 The Swans have won just one of their last five league games (P5, W1, D2, L2).

 Steve Cooper's side tasted victory in five of their first six league games, but since then have won just three of their last 13 games.

 Swansea are unbeaten away from home in the league this season (P9, W4, D5, L0).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Swansea wins

League

15

8

17

FA Cup

0

0

1

League Cup

1

1

0

Total

16

9

18

Our man to watch

On Monday night Bilić’s side snatched a late 1-0 win at Preston, with Charlie Austin stepping up in the final moment to tuck away the winner from the spot.

The Baggies striker has scored a trio of goals in the final five minutes of Albion’s last three games.

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Best of social

Relive our late, late winner at Preston.

Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale and can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:
Adults
£20-23
Seniors (over 65s)
£15-17
Under-23s
£15
Under-18s
£10
Under-11s
£5
Disabled
£10

To avoid booking fees and queue times, supporters can print their e-tickets at home or save them to their mobile phone.

All e-ticket purchases are exempt from online booking fees which will save supporters £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Swansea is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to 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. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Sunday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

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

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