Friday, 19 May 2017

Preview: Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

There’s likely to be something of a party happening at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Swansea secured their Premier League status last week with their 2-0 over Sunderland, followed by Hull’s 4-0 drubbing away to Crystal Palace enough to see them safe. 

The travelling Swansea fans were sent into raptures upon the final whistle at the Stadium of Light and it’s unlikely they’ll care too much about Sunday’s result against West Brom.
However, the same can’t be said for Paul Clement who is keen for his men to finish the season strongly. Whilst he admits he is “delighted to have got safe”, he added:

The season is not over yet and we want a good performance at home - there's lots of motivation going into the last game. If we win on Sunday, we could end up with 29 points from the second half of the season. so let's finish in style.”

It’s probable that Clement, who has won eight of his 18 league games this season, will offer the same side that beat Sunderland as there no new injury concerns for the Swans. Borja Baston, who may just play his final game for the Swans should he feature, faces a late fitness test whilst Wayne Routledge may be named on the bench after returning from a hernia problem. Baston has been a huge disappointment at the club following his £15.5million transfer from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

The Swans head into the game in good stead and are unbeaten in four league matches, taking ten points from a possible 12, scoring six and conceding one during this run. Clement’s men have also lost just one of their last seven league games, drawing one and winning five. West Brom on the other hand, are without a win since March and have not won on the road for eight games.

It’s fair to say it’s looking like advantage Swansea. The hots have won four of their five home top-flight home games against West Brom, scoring three goals on three separate occasions. Tony Pulis will hope his side can keep the in form Fernando Llorente quiet, the striker has netted nine goals in his last ten league appearances at the Liberty and scored against Sunderland at the weekend. Elsewhere, should Gylfi Sigurdsson score, he will be the first ever Swansea player to chalk double figures for both goals and assists in a Premier League campaign.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-0 West Brom

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