Match Previews

Swansea v Albion match preview

7th March

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will search for a 12th Sky Bet Championship away win of the season when the take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Swansea

Their last outing

In their most recent league fixture, Swansea shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Sam Gallagher gave the home side the lead, but the Swans fought back through goals by Rhian Brewster and Andre Ayew. 

Steve Cooper’s men looked like they would hold on for an impressive away victory, but Bradley Johnson fired in a late equaliser for Rovers.

Swansea: Woodman; Naughton, Rodon, Cabango, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes; Garrick (Roberts 70), Gallagher (Wilmot 90), A Ayew; Brewster.

Substitutes: Mulder, Dyer, Kalulu, Dhanda, Cullen.

In the dugout

Steve Cooper took on his maiden first-team managerial job when he became the boss at the Liberty Stadium in June.

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.

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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 fired in 12 league goals in 34 games 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.

Our last meeting

Albion registered a five-star performance to see off Swansea City 5-1 at The Hawthorns in the last meeting between the two sides.

Semi Ajayi put the Baggies ahead, nodding home from close range in the 25th minute before Pereira added a second with a well-taken finish.

Sam Surridge pulled one back for the Swans only for Hal Robson-Kanu to make it 3-1 at the interval.

Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards also got themselves on the scoresheet in the second half to seal a memorable afternoon for Slaven Bilić's side.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have lost just one of their last 12 league games on the road (P12, W8, D3, L1).

• Albion are the top scorers in the Championship with 64 goals. Brentford are the next highest-scoring team and have netted 59 times. 

• Hal Robson-Kanu has scored three goals in his last three games for the Baggies.

Swansea

• The Swans have won just one of their last eight games (P8, W1, D4, L3).

• The last time Steve Cooper's side beat a team who are currently in the top half of the table was in October, when they overcame Cardiff. Leeds and Preston are the only other teams high in the table they have won against.

• Swansea have won four of their last seven home games (P7, W4, D2, L1).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Swansea wins

League

16

8

17

FA Cup

0

0

1

League Cup

1

1

0

Total

17

9

18

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira put in a superb man-of-the-match display to orchestrate the impressive five-goal triumph over Swansea in the last clash between the two sides.

The on-loan Brazilian scored and claimed three assists the last time he faced the Swans and has continued to be an influential player for the Baggies since, scoring six times in 33 games.

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Ticket news

The away end at the Liberty Stadium is a sell-out, with just more than 2,000 Baggies set to back Slaven Bilić’s men on the south coast of Wales.

Thank you, as always, for your tremendous support.

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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 Saturday.

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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